…unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
I have a little girl, she is 10 months old, and she is trying to crawl.
It’s amazing watching her little legs and arms trying to coordinate themselves, trying to get the rhythm and balance, building strength to hold her body off the carpet. It’s frustrating – for her; it’s quite exciting and fun for me to watch! But give her time – it won’t be long now – and she’ll be crawling all over the place. We’ll have to move all our things in the lounge up to a baby-proof height and then constantly be looking out for her – where’s she got to now?! Then it’ll be onto the next thing, walking. More effort and hard work; more frustration and struggled attempts; falls and fears. But in the end a greater freedom to get around. The ability to move and do things that you’ve never done before.
There’s a little analogy here. God is watching his children as they struggle through their path in life. There are frustrations and weaknesses, straining and striving – but it will lead (God willing) to completion, to success, to accomplishment.
That could be a picture of the whole of our lives – once we have entered through The Small Gate – and finally reach it’s end, the goal, the true freedom and the new life. That is success , a godly success, the accomplishment of his holy purpose.
Or the analogy could be through smaller steps on our journey. Battling through a discipline: prayer, faith, guidance. We struggle and persevere – which can be frustrating and hard and seem even impossible (I’m never going to be strong enough to crawl across the whole lounge), but through God’s perfect timing and his grace, his will will be done.
We’re often learning and trying new things in life; many times it is frustrating and hard. As we start new initiatives and work with our master Jesus, God willing, that frustration will one day lead to fruit.