Children Rest on Their Father's Shoulder
--Part 9 of the "Like A Child" Series
I love the fact that my kids have gotten old enough to snuggle with me while I'm standing. You
know the scene: a kid is being held by his mother. His head rests on her shoulder, and everything
is right with the world, as far as he is concerned. Most likely, you have seen a child in the
same position, being held by his mom or dad. If you have kids, it is hard to imagine that you
havenít held your child the same way.
The position is like this: The head is on one shoulder, and the arms are around the parent. One arm is over one of the adultís shoulders. The toddler is both embracing his mom, and resting on her.
I am too old to remember being in the same position as a child, but I am sure I found myself there many times. It seems obvious that the child likes the way it feels; he feels both secure and loved at the same time. As a parent, I can attest to the fact that it is a great feeling for the adult for the same reason.
On a spiritual level, God wants us to rest on His shoulders as much as you want your kids to do the same. Just as important is the truth that you and I have a need to embrace Him in this way; we need to do this every bit as much as He needs us to do it.
Matthew 23:37" . . . How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings . . . "
TestWhen you are overwhelmed by life, do you try and fix everything yourself, or do you allow Him to take the yoke off your shoulders?
Pride checkOur society values and rewards independence. The most successful Americans seem to be those who work long hours, take huge risks, and by doing so, expose themselves to all kind of attacks and lies of the enemy. By openly admitting that we need to be dependent on God, not independent, we may lower our stature in the eyes of the world, but we put ourselves in a position to be all that God has called us to be.
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