Childish Disregard

I had a dream where I was a child and together with my fathers guidance and oversight we were collecting valuable small creatures. My father would find them and my job was to pick them up in my hands and keep them secure. They were not harmful or dangerous in anyway and the only risk was their escape and return to the wild where they were too quick and elusive to capture. My father knew where they slept and when it was possible to gather them. It was important to keep all the avenues of escape closed, including my little hands. Following a standard collection process we already had quite a few in our possession. When father called, I was ready to catch another which he located. I had it in my hands and just wanted to get a better view of the intriguing small creature, so I spread apart my fingers to look, just as quickly the creature popped free and flew out the open window right next to me and was gone. Instantly, I felt loss, guilt, blame and regret that were highlighted in the spotlight of my good intentions, but frozen in time by my neglect.

This dream was full of emotion and it reminded me of something I believe every human has experienced at least once, which I describe as childish disregard. These events are not life and death issues and as a parent it is easy to offer comfort and forgiveness, but they deliver an important lesson, if we are teachable. Our good intentions will never serve us well when we put them before what we know to be right and doing so will lead to the pain of loss, regret, and guilt. These may be some of the childish things that we are to put away. (1 Corinthians 13:11) There are qualities in children that are beautiful such as, innocence, trust, and belief, but as Solomon observed, “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.” (Proverbs 22:15). As we mature in our walk and relationship with God, we can appreciate His care for us and the countless ways in which He conforms us into the image of His son and our Savior, Yeshua Messiah, (Jesus’ Hebrew name.)

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Retired Journeyman
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