Growing up is something I’ve always looked forward to. Oh to be an adult, a grown woman with my dream career, maybe my dream husband, a brilliant carefree life. I’ll be ready to take on the world when I’m older, I thought. Well, needless to say, the path to becoming an adult was not all I made it out to be. Preparing for the end of high school and the world outside of that has been trying. Granted, I’ve been given more opportunities and responsibilities but it’s still just as hard deciding what I actually want to do with my life!
Ever since I was little I wanted to be a singer. I wanted to tour the world, and make music, and sing on talk shows, and have my very own song played on the radio. I still want that very badly but as I understand more I understand how difficult and impossible this dream seems. I was becoming so obsessed with working to make this a reality that I’ve slowly been forgetting that “I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:13) I was trying too hard to be grown up and realistic about this that I almost forgot about the little girl in 3rd grade who’s first show was a Christmas program. That little girl loved to sing just because it was the only time she ever felt true to herself. That little girl grew to love worshipping through music because it was when she felt closest to God. That little girl loved using the talent she was given for his glory. When I remember that little girl that’s when I’m truly most successful with my music.
For those of you that don’t me, I have the best job in the whole wide world. I’m a princess! I dress up and go to parties as Snow White, or Queen Elsa and sing and play and dance and have a royal blast. As I did a party tonight I was taught a little lesson that I want to share with you all. When I walk in as Queen Elsa these kids are so excited! The real Queen Elsa of Arendelle, here! “Elsa, where’s Olaf?” “Wow Elsa, I’m glad you learned to control your magic!” “Elsa, you and Princess Anna look so pretty.” These little girls begin to talk to you just as if you’re the real Elsa! Because to them you are! Some little girls need convincing but the way these kids believe is so innocent. It reminded me of the child like faith Jesus talks about in Matthew 18 and 19.
“I assure you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 18:3)
“Then Jesus said, ‘Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this.” (Matt 19:14)
Wow, the way Jesus treasured these children is so beautiful to me. Children are reckless and hyper sometimes, I have four younger siblings, I’m aware, Children are also humble, and teachable. They believe without questioning and they trust so willingly. If we humbled ourselves to the Lord as children do, if we took up a teachable spirit, if we were fully trusting in the Lord and his plan for our lives would our faith walk look any different? Hecks to the yes!
I’m challenging myself and all of you this week to take on a childlike spirit, one of innocence and trust and walk with the Lord this week, fully dependent on him to take care of our needs. It’s funny because the older I find myself getting the more childlike I find I need to be sometimes. So, thanks Queen Elsa for that gentle nudge tonight.