I’m a full time private music instructor. It’s my job to teach students the inner complexities of music and how to translate what’s written on a page to how to play it on an instrument. I teach students of all ages, but right now, I have quite a few little guys—ages 5-6. And while these youngsters can be a challenge, it is so rewarding to see the proverbial light bulb come on and watch them master each new lesson. Recently, as I was telling my family some of the funny things these little guys have said—I have quite a few stories!—God hit me with something big.
Children trust utterly, absolutely, and entirely. They don’t doubt what you tell them, but in fact, are willing to somewhat blindly trust you.
While I’ve know this intellectually for years, God brought teaching memories to the forefront of my mind so that I could realize that I know this experientially now too. How many times have I been teaching first graders how music notation works and they say “why?” or “I don’t understand?” And when these young minds have asked me these questions, how many times have I’ve answered, “I can’t explain it all to you now, but you’ll just need to trust me.”
Does this sound familiar? How many times has God been using difficult circumstances in our lives to teach us more about Him and we’ve asked “Why?” or “I don’t understand God?” And how many times has God’s response been, “I can’t explain it all to you now, but you’ll just need to trust me.”
The difference between us and my young students is that we don’t generally accept God’s answer. But children do.
My young students do trust my answer and go on to master the concept because of it. Music is complex and the how’s and why’s cannot be explained all at once, especially to a young mind, but children are able to learn how to play because they trust the word of their teacher.
Oh, why can’t we be like little children? Why do we always insist on knowing the reason behind this or that?! Why don’t we utterly, absolutely, completely, and entirely trust our great Teacher?
It is no wonder that Jesus told us that we must become like little children in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. As adults, we overthink too much. We are not willing to take something at face value, but must try and figure out the reasons, motives, agendas, and purposes behind everything. But sometimes that’s not what God wants us to do. He wants and needs us to just trust Him.
Why? Because the reasons and purposes behind things He allows in our lives are often beyond our mental capacity to understand. Just like it would be impossible to try and explain advanced music theory to a six-year-old, we often are not mentally or spiritually able to understand what God is doing in our lives. Therefore, He asks us to just trust Him. He knows what He’s doing and what He’s trying to teach us, one lesson at a time. Someday, we might know why He’s doing what He’s doing, but for now, it’s time for us to completely, utterly, absolutely, and entirely trust Him.
Now each time I go into the studio and tell a wondering child, “Just trust me,” I hear a gentle voice echo in my heart, Yes, my daughter, just trust Me.
“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
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