To the Child I Was...

“Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:32

God wants that little child within you – the child you once were; the one who still exists deep down inside - to know that you are no accident, not a waste of space, a bother, an interruption or an annoyance. You are not stupid or selfish. You are a child who does not yet have the capacity to comprehend the things that occupy the minds of grown-ups. You should not have to try to understand things like why a job is so important, where money comes from, and why your parents are so often frustrated. It is not your fault that your parents don’t spend more time with you. They want to, even though that is not what they do. I know it is hard for you to understand why some kids have more stuff than you, and why some parents stay home, others are gone a lot, some go away and never come back, and some never seem to be there even when they are in the same room with you. You should not have to be afraid to ask for things you want, or for special time together. There is no way you can possibly understand why they seem angry with you, even when you didn’t do anything wrong. Sometimes adult frustrations have nothing to do with you, even though it feels like it. If an adult hurts you, it is their fault, not yours. Hurting you because you are young, small and too weak or scared to fight back is just wrong. It might surprise you to know they are hurting, too, and they hate themselves…not you…but it sure feels that way when they scream at you…or worse.

You are God’s precious and dearly-loved child. You may not feel Him there, but He is always with you. He created you intentionally with a special purpose only you can fulfill at this specific time and place in history. You do not have to apologize for being who you are or for wanting to be loved. He designed you to be cherished, hugged, and held…often. You should be encouraged and told you are dearly loved every single day. You don’t need to hide or lie about who you are or what you want. God knows everything about you and loves You with all of His heart, in spite of the things that might make adults seem to not like you. He knows that you have desires and needs just like everyone else. When you don't get what you ask for, it isn’t because you don’t deserve it. Sometimes you want things that are not good for you, but God wants you to live the very best possible life you can. Sometimes grown-ups want things they never get, too. So when you ask for things you need or want, it only makes them angry at their own situation…and they take it out on you. It isn’t fair, it isn’t right, and no child should ever have to endure that, whether it is a lack of time, love, or attention.

Your Father in Heaven loves you more deeply than you can imagine, and He wants you to know you are worthy of His love and attention. In fact, He likes you a lot and wants to be your best friend. He wants to spend time with you every day. To Him, you are a perfect, beautiful, and highly valuable person - and He wants you to see yourself that way, too - not because of anything you do, but just because of who you are. To Him, you are not just another responsibility or one more demand on His infinite time and energy. He rejoices in knowing you, loving you and spending time with you every moment of every day because you are a priceless treasure and He delights in you. The potential that He put inside of you is beyond anything you can imagine. He wants to fill your life with the best of everything. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Tell Him you want to experience His love, and just watch to see what He does.

Prayer: Abba Father, thank You for showing me, through your Son, how very much You love me. Speak Your truth into the mind of my inner child so she will know that she is worthy, dearly loved and precious to You. Correct her misperceptions and instill within her a sense of belonging. Show that little girl inside of me that she is exactly who she is supposed to be, and convince her of Your love and affection for her. Show her that she has value and a purpose, and saturate her with Your tenderness, healing all of the deep, dark, hurt places, finally and forever. When I feel small, wrap Your arms around me and comfort me. When I am sad, lonely or scared, pull me onto Your lap and let me lay my head on Your chest, wrapped in your protective embrace until the world goes away and I am completely immersed in Your love, mercy, grace and peace. I love You and praise You because You are my good Father, my Savior, my Protector, and my God. Help me to identify more closely with You today, and to walk with You through every tomorrow, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Additional Scriptures:

“For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you…” - 1 Thessalonians 1:4

“But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” - Luke 18:16-17

“God chose us in Christ to be holy and blameless in God’s presence before the creation of the world. God destined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ because of his love. This was according to his goodwill and plan and to honor his glorious grace that he has given to us freely through the Son whom he loves.” - Ephesians 1:4-6

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” - Ephesians 5:1-2

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” - 1 Peter 2:9

“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” - John 3:16-17

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