“Sometimes faith is far more beautiful unadorned, and it is quite possible to crush a delicate and growing faith with a weight of learned arguments intended to adorn and perfect it.”—Robert Benson
You may have heard the classic tale of a daredevil who walked a tightrope across Niagara Falls, to the amazement of a cheering crowd. Next, the man pushed a wheelbarrow across the great expanse. Finally, he asked the crowd if they thought that he could make it across with someone sitting in the wheelbarrow. The crowd went into a frenzy of support… until the stuntman asked for a volunteer to get in the wheelbarrow. All went silent. Their admiration was real, but their faith in him was not great enough to join him in his efforts. One reason for this lack of faith was probably that they had seen the heroic acts, but they did not know the hero.
I am not a daredevil, but I am a father. Like most good dads, I like to toss my kids in the air like a pizza man with a high ceiling and some good dough. On one hand, they love the delight of flight and the view from the second-story balcony. On the other hand, a childlike faith grows stronger with each toss, without a thought for reason or the mechanics behind the experience. My kids don’t even fear gravity as they should because they have defied it for years, always landing safely in my arms. If a deranged scientist showed up one day explaining Newton’s laws of motion, Einstein’s theory of relativity, and the nuances of gravity, my kids wouldn’t care. As children, they are not interested so much in “how” it all works but are able to enjoy simply the thrill of moving higher in elevation and deeper in trust with Dad.
As adults, we sometimes make things more complicated than they need to be and rationalize with arguments rather than relate with God.
How is the Father inviting you to simple, “unadorned” and childlike faith this week? How does he want to build a relationship of trust with you, tossing you in the air of your faith journey? Consider praying and meditating with Scripture passages this week that feature children at the center, like Mark 10:13-16, Matthew 18:1-5, and Luke 18:15-17. What does the Father want to teach you as his child?