Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Psalm 131 The Faith of a Toddler

To have the trust and faith in God that an infant has in its mother, is the ultimate achievement for the spiritual seeker. The child does not question or analyze its mother, It merely knows that she will take care of his needs. The Hebrew word gamal means wean but it also means to ripen, to serve, and to benefit. To wean means to disengage from a habit by discontinuance, but it also implies care and preparation for that eventual separation.

This is not a permanent separation but it is a new step forward in the very close bond between mother and child. It is actually a deeper relationship but with more autonomy for the child to become her own person. Our relationship with God is similar in that initially. When we start to find our spiritual path we often withdraw from the world into a safe place. A fledgling faith requires a protected space in which to develop and strengthen. However as our relationship with God deepens, in all respects, we are called out into the world to do our unique work. It is by the strengthening of that relationship that we are able to effectively do our work in the world.

Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. Mark 10:15
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