After school one day, I took three siblings to the park to play while their mother tended to another child. We got to playing tag on the playground equipment. Yes, I said we.
Laughing and running about, I felt as carefree and agile as the children. To avoid being tagged, I jumped from a platform, thinking I could make it across the rope net below. Instead, I landed in the net, quite unharmed, but thoroughly entangled. One of the children looked down at me and scolded, “You are not a kid, Ms. Miller!”
I have told this story many times, laughing at this comical picture of myself, and grateful for the happy ending. I remembered it this morning, and wondered about the spiritual application it might hold.
Of what spiritual behaviors do I need to be reminded that I am not a kid?
Jesus said to become like little children in humility. So I am free to be like a child when it comes to humility.
But His brother James encourages our growing to maturity in perseverance and wisdom.
Thank God for the truth of a child, whose wisdom applies beyond the playground. It is a spiritual reminder that I am not a kid anymore and I need not display spiritually immature behaviors such as pride, or giving up easily, or poor judgment…. God is so faithful to help me turn it around, when I ask. My strength is in the asking.
“And he said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” Matthew 18:3-4
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:2-5