”Have the faith of a child” is a phrase we often use to encourage pure trust, and those words ”childlike faith” have come to mind quite a bit lately in my interactions with our youngest in Casa Kiwi. Little Mr. B is 3 years old, silly, sweet, and full of joy and spontaneity… not to mention the loudest burps I have ever heard in my life: it is quite impressive! (and gross, haha) One of his favourite things to do is slide down our giant slide at the farm, letting himself fly down as fast as velocity will take him, all the while laughing and holding out his arms as he rushes into my own to be caught at the bottom. He ignores all pleas to slow down and never seems to notice how nervous (read: terrified!) I get as he travels toward me at lightning speed. But why would he? He knows that I’ll catch him every time, he knows that he’s safe.
The other day we were getting off of a bus, and I stepped off first to help him down the three huge steps, but when I turned around I realized he had no intention of walking down those steps… nope, he intended to fly! He was beaming down at me, and the ”Noooo!” escaped my lips at the same time there was a collective gasp of fear from the remaining passengers, and also at the same time he jumped into the air, arms outstretched, trusting to land safely with me. He did, and then he laughed and laughed and laughed, and all I could do was shake my head and laugh right along with him.
The thing is, I can’t bring myself to teach him to be more cautious, because I love the way he believes in me… and the truth is, I want to trust God as much as B trusts me. I want to simply leap into the air, without bothering to worry or fear about crashing on the ground and without listening to the nervous gasps or to the ”Noooo!”s in the background… but to just trust that my Father will catch me. I want to have the faith of my child.
“I doubt that we can ever successfully impose values or attitudes or behaviors on our children certainly not by threat, guilt, or punishment. But I do believe they can be induced through relationships where parents and children are growing together. Such relationships are, I believe, built on trust, example, talk, and caring.” -Mr. Rogers