My son never fails to enjoy the walk from the car to our front door. He starts with the little anthill in the crack of the driveway, watching the worker ants carry fine grains of dirt to their home. He runs after our cat with his arm outstretched and curious, seeking the softness of her fur. As he climbs the steps of our walkway, he finds interesting leaves, spiky sweet gum balls, and an acorn the squirrels left behind. A wispy spider’s web between the iron spindles on our porch catches his eye as I impatiently ask him to join the rest of the family inside.
As a mother with a long to-do list, I find my little explorer’s meandering journeys lead to frustrated outbursts from me. But he isn’t aware of the uncooked dinner, the unreturned emails, or the ache in my weary feet. He only knows the wonder right in front of him. The joy of discovery makes everything else unimportant (including obeying his mother).
In Matthew 11:25, Jesus thanked God that the childlike responded to his message about the coming kingdom of God. It took a childlike faith for these unlikely followers of Christ to believe what seemed unbelievable. These believers allowed tradition and religion to melt away as Jesus invited them to believe he was the Messiah.
Jesus ended his prayer with an invitation: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30 CSB). The religious leaders burdened the people with a list of rules they would never be able to follow, but Jesus invited them to find rest in him.
As I impatiently watch my boy enjoy his walk from the car to our front door, it hits me—the connection between childlike faith and the rest found in Jesus.
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