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The Awe of a Child

The Awe of a Child

Give me the awe of a child
The determination to go all in
Along with the strength of an ox
Show me how to begin

Teach me I am made for this
For challenges yet concealed
Hide me in the cleft of the Rock
Where Your Glory is revealed

Show me again the snapshots
Of the God inside of me
Let glee with wonder and excitement gush
Never tire, surrender willingly

I know what I believe
Like a child oblivious to the trial
Keep me focused on You Lord Jesus
Mile after very long mile

Yes Give me the wonder of a child
Tackling obstacles ahead
Never intimidated by the challenge
Or peering through a sense of dread

Yes, that awe invoking desire
To make it no matter what
The place where champions arise,
Refuse to quit and never give up

© laurette laster February 2021

Praying, I caught a glimpse of a child, looking intently, totally focused, standing in front of a staircase. I remembered I’ve never seen a child that doesn’t immediately attempt to climb stairs or staircases.

What is in the crawling baby or toddler that intrigues them, what or perhaps the question is Who is calling them to the climb? What is it about the challenge; devoid of fear, not understanding the daunting trial that lay ahead, not to mention the fatigue sure to ensue from the immature muscles not yet mastering the motor skills? Why are they so determined? Not only physically incapable, they are not steady enough and certainly cannot comprehend the height, the length, the depth…then I paused, oh!

Oh, this is a truth we need to grasp and begin the climb, or begin again. Look at this challenge with excitement and determination, not dread of failure.

I’m so amazed that children immediately tackle the tough stuff, you know impossible staircases unmoved by the possibility of failure or falling. Unaware they are alone. Not comparing their climb with anyone else’s. With short legs, no instruction, no teaching, and without OSHA available pointing out the dangers, and lack of safety equipment, the endless violations; they climb, over and over and over again!
And then I prayed, Lord Jesus, give me the wonder of a child where faith is concerned.

I remembered Jacob at Bethel, his dream encounter about stairs, angels ascending and descending. Then I sensed, as children we are not unfamiliar with the stairs at all, we are born inherently knowing we are born for the journey.

The message I sense is that no matter how overwhelming the obstacle or calamity of our day, this is our climb, we are made for the obstacles and we are never doing it in our own strength! Over and over is how we gain strength. We’ve climbed before and we will again.

“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭AMP

‬‬God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom. Until next time, thank your for listening with me. Laurette

2 thoughts on “The Awe of a Child”

  1. You are so right Laurette. Children know no fear of tackling things so much bigger than adults. I’m not sure when “risk assessment” begins. Age 37 for me I think. Now, trusting God to accomplish way more than I could imagine has complete meaning. I guess the Trusting God part is mine and the accomplishment is Gods part

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