Jump! I'll Catch You

July 3, 2000
by Michael Steckel

Matthew 19:14 – Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (NIV)

I remember when, as I child growing up, I was learning how to swim. I did not enjoy this time because, to tell the truth, I was quite afraid of the water. The thing that stands out in my mind most is a time when my dad was in the water and I was at the edge of the pool. I remember him standing there with his arms held out in front of him, calling me to jump into the water. I was not prepared to jump in the water because of my fear, but my dad told me he would catch me and be there for me. He told me he would not let anything happen to me once I hit the water. I trusted my father and what he said, so I took the big plunge into the water. I knew he would be there for me and would not let anything happen to me, so I overcame my fear and did learn how to swim.

The only reason I went into the water was that I had faith in my father. It was an issue of pure trust. There was no looking at data and then coming up with a guess. It was just childlike trust in what my father said to me.

It seems that sometimes we get hung up on what faith is. We sometimes feel that if one does not know the Bible they cannot have faith, or if one does not know doctrines and theology one cannot have faith. We must remember that it is faith like a child that allows people to approach God. We just need to trust and believe in what God has said. We need to take the plunge because we know that God will be there for us.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we come before you with faith like a child's. We trust in you and believe in you because we love you with our whole heart and we know you love us too. In Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Michael Steckel

Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

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