Praying to Be Led

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In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all. (Isaiah 11:6)

Led by a child?  The way Isaiah seems to have Jesus all figured out, hundreds of years before Bethlehem, confirms and strengthens my faith. This little passage looks forward to a golden “day” of unity and peace which we’re still waiting for — but maybe it’s our concept of leadership that’s keeping it far off.  In so many ways, I think Jesus was “a little child” throughout his life.  He has none of the brooding intensity and self-conscious stress of most leaders and most adults.  Instead he is transparent, spontaneous and reactive like a kid.  Jesus said, “unless you change and become like a little child, you will never enter the kingdom.”  Jesus often made a bee-line for his parent’s lap when he was hurt or confused.  And for me his most childlike quality was his gift for surprise — giving and receiving.  Wasn’t Jesus’ cross and resurrection the ultimate ‘peek-a-boo.’  To be led by that “little child” means to do life as Jesus did it.  Being 100% present.  Being 100% aware.  Being  100% willing to try completely new, tricky things (like walking and talking).  Being 100% oriented toward God.

Lord, thank you for showing me how to have the best life possible. Forgive all my adult pride, pretense and tedium.  I want to experience my life like a little child does theirs.  I want to love you like a kid loves their parents and enjoy the people and world around me with freshness.  Amen.

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