The Hope Reformers Room- Corner 2-
Carefree, Childlike Hope
In Corner 2 of the Hope Reformers Room, we encounter and adore the face of God, our "Burden-bearing God." He is the one who takes the world off our shoulders and gives us a new operating system based in rest, rather than striving.
PS 55:22 – “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
In Luke 15, where the Prodigal Son and the older brother are both relating to their Father, we see that the Father really gave Carefree, Childlike Hope to both his sons. He told his prodigal son, he was accepted and restored. He told his older son that he could rest and enjoy his inheritance both today and in the days to come. Neither were to carry the burdens but were to rest in their Father's love and care for them.
In Matthew 8:23-25, Jesus has the same Carefree, Childlike Hope when He sleeps in the midst of the storm on the boat. He says the disciples were to have that too.
In the Carefree, Childlike Hope Corner, we learn to let Jesus really carry the heavy burdens for us, and not take it on ourselves to save the world. We realize to a greater degree that "His Yoke is easy and His burden is light." He wants to teach us how to live a lifestyle of hoping in Him, in all circumstances, and to remain carefree.
As we partner with Jesus, Carefree, Childlike Hope heals the fissure of hopelessness in unwittingly trying to save the world. Our hope grows as we trust the Lord to do the saving.
Then we engage in the wonder, simplicity, and playfulness of the moment in Childlike Joy. We are full of Wonder, Trust, Awe, Playfulness, Joy, Simplicity, Peace, & Forgiveness.
Childlike Hope is focused on the qualities of openness, simplicity, relational sensitivity and vulnerability that children naturally exhibit. When I took the journey through the Yellow House, I saw this happen when a snake wrap itself around the waist and bite the liver. This was the challenge of Childlike Hope, that bitterness and cynicism can take over the human heart and mind. Jesus wants us to tread on that snake.
Jesus cried out once in great celebration and joy that our Father has “hidden these things from the wise and intelligent” but has “revealed them to babes.” We are not ashamed to have Carefree, Childlike Hope in our God. Jesus was referring to our grasping the deep mystery of enjoying a true union with God as our Papa.