“As I pull you away from your problems, I draw you closer to Me. While you gaze at Me, your panic begins to subside and you regain some sense of security.” –Sarah Young, Dear Jesus
As I read this yesterday, it felt as if some pieces of the puzzle just clicked into place. It made me think when Ethan has a meltdown, sometimes all it takes is us holding him close for him to calm down. We can be the same way with God. Only, unlike Ethan, we don’t ever have to grow independent of God. Instead, our job is to constantly grow into a deeper relationship with him, one that is more and more dependent on him.
I can’t tell you the peace I get from this thought. I’m to learn to become as dependent on God as Ethan is on me. As secure in his arms, as Ethan is in mine. Yes, we’re to be on “solid food and not milk” and not to be little baby birds, those are other discussions. But he says, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19. There is such peace when I really take that verse to heart.
I wonder if this idea is what was meant when he said, “…I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 18:3-4. When we are humble like children, we know at the end of the day we can’t depend on ourselves. Ethan has no illusions about where his dependence lies. And we should be the same, constantly seeking a deeper relationship with God and in doing so becoming more and more dependent on him.