Childish behavior


At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.

Wednesday 15 OT

Jesus frequently talks of behaving childlike, though is he is talking immature,  infantile, or any other derogatory term that modern man delivers to an adult behaving beneath their years? A childish adult can have as many positive connotations as it has negative. Dependent? Yes, but dependent on . Unlearned, or is innocent  is a better term? Do children take joy in discovery, and learn from a mistake? The childlike is a clean slate open to all of Gods possibilities. Children approach life wide eyed, impressionable, and amazed at all that awaits them. All is before them to experience and learn. For the adult there is so much to unlearn, though few will admit or attempt it. Pride, stubbornness, ego, scorn, envy, malice,deceit; They all seem to describe the adult that has not learned to be a child.

As I think about the adults of that society of long ago, I can think of an Emperor who ruled with an absolute power and unyielding control. I can think of a society of “high priests” who viewed the world as it was prescribed to them and as unyielding as the emperor. Like the elderly whose mobility has been compromise, aided by a cane, or a walker, or a chair; those of ancient wisdom and power had lost their flexibility. Like the old who lose mobility of body, the leaders of the day lost that flexibility, of mind set so hard in their own ways.  Every arthritic longs to be young.

To be like a child is to regain that joy of youth, to look at a world with amazement. It is to recognize God as  Father, and our role as Gods children. Children who are loved, nurtured, guided, sometimes reprimanded and corrected. It is to remember that obligation of obedience and respect, to listen to that true wisdom. It is to become truly children of God and not slaves to man.

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