Four years ago, my daughter who was our foster princess at the time, came into the kitchen and asked if she could cook dinner with me. She had her own pots and pans from her play kitchen and even her “pretend” food to cook with. It truly was the cutest. But at one point while she was flipping her chicken and placing it onto her pretend tortilla, she said, “Whew! Ouch! My pan burned me.” Of course she was pretending, but as I went to get her a “pretend” Band-Aid, she stopped me and without hesitation said, “I don’t need one. Jesus will make it better.”
I smiled and then continued cooking; however as I kept watching her “cook”, I also kept thinking about what she had said. Even hours later when the dishes were washed and put away, her words were still ringing in my ears. Because friend, she was only four-years old at the time but already had amazing faith. She has what Jesus wants each of us to have, which is faith like a child. She knows it is Jesus who heals and restores. She knows that it is Him who takes our wounds and binds them together. And she knows, even at this tiny age of life, that He alone is the One who makes all things better.
Friend, I believe we know it too. But somewhere between being a child and becoming an adult we let our minds speak louder than our hearts. We let our intellect take over as we analyze and rationalize why things won’t ever be better. Or why things can’t be repaired or restored. We eventually lose our hope as we start to give up or give in, or maybe even try to do things on our own without Him as our guide or source of strength…kind of like temporarily fixing it with a Band-Aid.
But what if we stopped being an adult and became more like a child? What if we stopped turning God’s statements of Truth into question marks? After all, it’s the oldest trick in the book. Literally. If you remember all the way back to Genesis the first time the enemy comes onto the scene is in the Garden of Eden when he posed the question to Eve…“Did God really say…?” It was only when she began having a dialogue with the serpent that her faith was shaken.
Friend, I don’t know what situation you are facing today but don’t exchange words with the one who wants you living defeated. Instead, have faith like a child and believe that because of Jesus, all things are possible. And through Him, our wounds–whether physical or emotional–will be healed. And that the miracle we need, He alone is willing to give. All we need to do is come to him like a child. And also ask like a child, which is without hesitation and confident trust.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” ~Mark 9:23
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” ~Psalm 147:3
“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him and by his wounds we ARE healed.” ~Isaiah 53:5
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