by: carole l. haines

While I was reading a Devotion this morning, I read, “It takes a child-like heart to believe.” The devotion was by K.P. Yohannan, and is called, “Believe Jesus when you pray.”  As I read, I sensed something in my heart, a tug of war between what I thought it took to have faith, and what faith really is.  I was thinking I had to get bigger, be stronger, grow bolder, in order to have faith.  But God was revealing to me that, actually, I needed to become smaller, humbler, yielded, surrendered.  I breathed a sigh of relief because becoming smaller actually seemed do-able.  I believe this is part of what Jesus meant when He said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 NASB) I look at this passage and can see two separate to-do lists, ours and Jesus’s
Ours states that we are to:                      Jesus’s Promise is to:
Come to Jesus                                                  Give us rest
Take His yoke upon ourselves                     Be humble
Learn from Him                                             Yoke with us
Find rest in Him                                             Be humble and gentle

It’s so important that we, as followers of Christ, discern what is our responsibility and what is His.  I tried to make my life count for something, but failed and suffered much loss.  I tried to be bigger, stronger, bolder; but was exhausted with my efforts, and felt like a gerbil on one of those exercise wheels, running much, yet getting nowhere.
But as I have come to Jesus, yielded to His kindness and gentleness, I have found rest.
As I have come to Jesus and yoked with Him, giving up my ideas of who I am supposed to be, I have found His yoke easy and His burden light.  As I have sat at His feet in the Word of God, and learned from Him as my tutor; I have come to know just how to live this life with all I have and all I am. He gently teaches, corrects, guides and encourages us.
It really does take a child-like heart to believe. A child trusts, learns to obey, and eventually finds great joy when the wrestling stops, and yielding has overcome self-will.  My husband, Bruce, wrote a song that we have sung many times, it is called, ”Surrender,” and comes out of his own learning of this all-important truth.  I will close with its words:


By: Bruce Nevin Haines

Can a broken heart be healed, sealed away in vaults of anger?
Can a weary soul be freed, when it is bound by roots so bitter?
Remembering love and redemption, as a dream when I was young
a sweet, but faded memory; so pure and golden spun

And the watchful eye that’s guided me, with a tenderness unseen
beckons me to kindle now, these fires of hope again
O to bask in the brilliant light, of redemption’s brightest glow
to melt these walls of ice and anger, and break this heart of stone

When these feet have grown too weary, carry me to that River
when this prodigal begins to stray, please hold me to your side
O my soul will never finds its peace, while I am prone to wander
I must give up my life and surrender,
I will give my life to You, Lord, and surrender

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