Sometimes I think I was far wiser in high school as a baby Christian than I am now. I look back on journals and Bible study notes and think, 'Wow. I need to get back to the basics.' And in the midst of life filled with choices and travel options, deadlines and dates on my calendar, I am convinced that now, more than ever, I DO need to get back to basics - the basics of complete trust and faith in my Lord.
Why is it that when we grow up our child like faith can be so hard to maintain? Why is it we let ourselves get distracted by the "cares of this world" and forget to continue walking, hand in hand with the Lord, our eyes upon His face? What is it we forget to do?
We forget, I think, to just trust, and simply have faith in His faithfulness. A long time ago, someone told me that when it feels like God is not "there" it is not Him that has moved, but us. And that is SO true. Because He doesn't move! He is always faithful and ever present whether we realize it or not. And that is when we need to get back to the basics of faith and trust in the only one who is worthy of it.
Why was it "so much easier" when I was in high school? Probably because I took for granted the fact that God was good and He had a plan and He would use me and all things would turn out for my good and His glory. That is the beauty of early faith - but that understanding should not be restricted to those days! That sense of perfect peace, trust, and faith in my Savior should only grow the more I do!
I have seen the Lord do incredible things, lead in amazing ways, and take me all around the world and back again. Yet little things cause me to pull my hand out of His to take ahold of a situation for myself. Little things draw my eyes away from His face to try and work out a solution for myself. And that is when I am reminded to go back to the basics. To place my hand back into His. Fix my eyes steadfastly upon His face. And walk with Him. With the faith, hope, trust, and love of a child. Nothing has changed from those high school days to present. He is still all that I knew Him to be then - and He always will be.