By Patrick Hawthorne
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
(Mark 10:13-15 NKJV underline/bold mine)
Why do you suppose Jesus became upset with His disciples for rebuking those who would dare bring their children to Him? The argument could most certainly be made that He was upset because children represent innocence and a faith that has not yet been tainted by the world system. After all children, for the most part, accept things through simple faith and do not try to analyze each and every component searching for a hidden agenda or meaning.
Yes, that is a reasonable assumption and, I suppose, quite valid. However, could the answer be even simpler than that? Could it be that children believe they can fly?
Think about it. Most children have the sense to know that they cannot actually fly. Yet, that does not stop them from pretending, from seeing themselves soaring above the clouds. In their minds they believe they can fly even though they know their feet may never leave the ground. They are not afraid to dream; to step out in faith and to say, “Yeah, but what if…?” Their approach to Jesus tends to be with the same innocence.
Imagine, if you will, a young girl, maybe three or four years old, skipping along, not a care in the world. Come on, you can do it; just let your mind go. Now, imagine her stopping in front of a lady who looks really sick.
“Hey lady…Jesus said I could pray for the sick and they would be healed. You wanna be healed? Huh, lady?”
Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Yet, why does it sound silly? Is it because it is too naïve or simplistic? Is it because we have grown, through man’s wisdom, to believe that God would never answer such a doctrinally unsound prayer? Does it go against our doctrinal dissertation of one-hundred-and-one Biblical reasons why God no longer works miracles today?
I don’t know about you, but I want to dream again. I want to see myself walking through a hospital and the presence and power of God being so great upon me that beds are emptied. I want to see the glory of God fall on my city to such a degree that jail cells are emptied and bars are closed through the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. I want to dare to fly again. Is that too much to ask?
In my next post, my plan is to try and convince you that you too can fly even though your feet may never leave the ground. Until then, be blessed…