February 27, 2015 by Isaac Hovet
At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.”
(Matthew 11:25 NLT)
Perspective is everything. Current metaphors of technology cause us to think we are really in control. More quickly than ever we know where we need to go and how long it will take. We have any bit of information just a few keystrokes or voice commands away. In our homes and in our pockets are broad gateways to the world as portrayed online, through YouTube or through the television.
To feel well informed requires less of us than ever. From the comfortable place of a recliner or even curled up in bed, we gain a false sense of being in the know. We subtly or unconsciously believe all of this information pouring into our brains validates our innate pridefulness. We think we know more, know better or at least are connected to trusted bastions of knowledge (i.e. Google, Wikipedia, Siri) to have a ‘phone a friend’ or ‘lifeline’ there to support us when our inability to sound (or actually be) intelligent falls short.
Throughout history mankind has been regularly subjected to the mystery of nature and dependent on favorable shifts in the seasons for sowing, cultivating or harvesting. (Of course mankind has always been trying to impress its knowledge and power on each other) But the common man of antiquity needed fewer reminders of their impotence relative to the prevailing unexpected ways of nature. But, with peasants who felt little control, Jesus prays and thanks God that only the ‘childlike‘ can accept. Even in his day, the pride of man and knowledge of man kept simple and coherent teaching from penetrating the ‘wise.’
We are very far away from being childlike. Too much around us suggests we are kings deserving entertainment or adjunct professors to the world needing no position, no credentials, just an unmonitored forum. We therefore have a hard time accepting teaching and a Lord that frees us, empowers us and saves us.
We’ve forgotten how small we are.
Watch an eager child today. With earnest she learns. He easily accepts obvious reasoning and common sense. Her soft conscious that knows right from wrong. No posturing. No pretending to be superior. Just pure trust.
Our task: trust, seek and eagerly pursue his accepting, teaching and guiding presence.