Thought for the week – 7.5.20

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Power in Powerlessness

Jesus said, ‘Suffer little children to come unto me … for of such is the Kingdom of God.’  Luke 18:16

For me, these last few weeks have been a bit like going back to school. ‘Stand there’, ‘don’t cross the line’, ‘wait until you’re called’. Like going to a new school, I am not sure of the rules, and the rules keep changing.

Part of me says, these rules are good and necessary in the present crisis, but another part of me says, ‘don’t treat me like a child’, my pride is hurt.

Although its uncomfortable, it is a lesson in humility, I am not self-sufficient, I depend on others.

Children depend on others all the time. Jesus wants His disciples to see that although they think of themselves as grown-ups, they should be like little children, depending on their heavenly Father for everything.  He tells them that unless they accept God’s authority with the simplicity of a child, they will not enter His Kingdom.

So often we trust in ourselves and grieve the Spirit of Jesus who yearns to show us the pathway through our pain and difficulties. It is His power and wisdom that we need at times like these.

David James, Glencruitten House, Oban.