“The Warrior is a child.” (Part Two)
Let’s go deeper into the spiritual rabbit hole of the child-warrior. I have come to understand just how important it is for every child to have a “childhood”. This time of love, innocence, play, creativity, imagination, exploration, learning to trust, is very important in our development. If you were robbed of your childhood in some way, and you struggle with difficult to explain issues, that might be the reason. Even Michael Jackson complained often that he had no childhood.
Deeper into the rabbit hole we plunge. Jesus had very strong words for anyone who breaks the innocence of a child before their time!
“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if you cause one of these little ones who trust in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matt. 18:5-6)
Very strong words from the one we know to be Love with a capitol “L”. Evidently, God understands how important our childhood is to our development. After watching the movie: “Beyond the Black Board”, I began thinking more about how we get damaged in our childhood. I was so inspired by the show that I bought her book. What I have read so far has moved me even more than the movie.
I think I know why childlike faith has always come so easy to me, even to the point of catching a lot of flack from people who think I have been foolish in many of my choices, and yet I find myself at age 64 very happy in the garden I have grown, while I watch others still stressing and running their fool heads off chasing temporary things.
At grade level 5 my childhood life took a very big change. I’ve always wondered about the purpose of that change? In grade 4 I was a popular kid. I lived close to the school and my friends were the “in click”. It was easy to be popular as long as I was with them, and it just happened to be so, because we lived close enough to be friends even outside of school. This “popular kid” childhood would have shaped me into one kind of person, maybe a person not in God’s plan for me?
Suddenly we were moving an hour’s drive away! My dad would spend the next 20 years of his life car-pooling an hour to and from work! And I went from having close neighbors to total isolation! In the country! My grandma was ready for a smaller and simpler house and my mom wanted to live in the country. Dad bought the farmhouse and away we went! Goodbye friends and school! Hello cornfields, the wind, and isolation! Also a long bus ride to school. Big changes for a child, but I adapted and became something different than I would have been before.
Adding to the change, I never was a popular kid again. I never made that connection. The few friends I made, we were mostly the loners and outcast. Living in the country, the city kids mostly ruled the school. But in some ways I had an ideal childhood to become a person of vision. I lived in books and nature. My imagination grew very strong in the quiet of that country setting, and when I read something, it is REAL to me. If I believe it to be true, if I believe it to be worth visualizing, it is one of my superpowers, to see it as absolutely REAL, just like a child.
Many children do not get that. Children do not ask to be born into what they are born into. I’m so blessed to be birthed in America. Why did God choose that for me? I don’t know. The child has no power over any of these things.
But here’s the bottom line, this child-likeness is very powerful in the Kingdom of God. The child makes the greatest warrior. So even if you may be damaged from your childhood…the work of the Holy Spirit in us tries to heal all that, and show us what it means to be a child in our heavenly Father’s House.
Jesus said > “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s house.” (John 14:1-2a)
We are finally making some progress in the depth of this subject, but there is still too much for any one article. I found this spiritual rabbit hole under the Willow Tree. As I spend time there, listening to the Wind and pondering things, like I did in my childhood after I was kidnapped into isolation, and it became my superpower.
Jesus says bring the children to me. He says for such is the Kingdom of God. Unfortunately, the American way has become one of seeking pleasure and wealth. Our way is to always prosper and climb the food chain into blessings. But God is still looking for children of a sacred battlefield, not material. My superpower enables me to visualize it very vividly. I think the lady in “Beyond the Black Board” has my same superpower. I hope you do too, here under the Willow Tree. I hope you will trust Jesus enough, to let His Holy Spirit lead you into a child-likeness that realizes this world should not be taken so seriously, and our inheritance in our Father’s House should be the joy that fills us every day, giving us great purpose and meaning now, and great experiences in the future we have not even been able to imagine, no matter how strong our childlike superpower may be. Amen!
In the next episode I hope to look more at “My Father’s House”.