A few months ago, I took my 5 year-old son in to get tested for seasonal allergies. He is always the first to start with the runny nose, red eyes, sneezing, and all that jazz when the seasons change. The pediatrician recommended we go so we could see how bad they were and what to do from there. We sat down with the allergist and he asked questions and then they did the poke test. They wrote like 40 numbers on my 5 year-old’s back and poked him with different substances to see how he reacted. I was in awe of my 5 year-old. I told him beforehand that they were going to have to poke his back and he made up his mind, by himself, that he was going to be brave and that his blanket named Moo-Moo would help him through. He didn’t even flinch. He just laid their quietly and got all the pokes done. I asked him if he was okay and it was just like, “yeah, I am brave.” Simple. It turned out that he didn’t react to anything AT ALL!!! The allergist was stunned and asked if they could do a couple of injections in his arm to go deeper into the skin. I asked my 5 year-old if he was okay with that, “yep, I am brave!” And so they injected his arm with 5 separate things. He did flinch a little but said he was fine. So, he doesn’t have seasonal allergies. He is really, really allergic to dogs and cats. I will spare you all the back and forth between the doctors but, my big guy is totally fine.
I was thinking about how crazy it was that I let them poke him all over his back and how I don’t think it would have been very fun. He was totally okay with it and enjoyed his sucker and stickers that they rewarded him with. Plus he thought it was cool that he still had marker numbers all over his back (they all came off in the bath!). I learned a lot from my child that day:
1- When people tell you that something may be scary but that you will get a reward after of having more knowledge of something, you can make up your mind beforehand.
2- When you make up your mind before hand, you STICK to it!
3- It is only as scary as you make it.
4-A little sugar makes a big smile.
6- Positive self talk is a must.
7- Looking at life at different angles can be a lot of fun.
As I have been reflecting on this, a scripture has been running through my head. It is from a sermon from King Benjamin in Mosiah. The king is telling his people many things before he gives the throne to his son and is reflecting on the lessons that he has learned.
“For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.”
I submitted my 5 year-old to the poke test and the injections and he WILLINGLY submitted to them and was submissive, meek, humble, patient, and totally still full of love for me. I need to become more like that. I am not saying that I need to be child-ISH, but child-LIKE. I learn a lot from my kids every day and I learn a lot of repeat lessons as well from them. But this really got me.
How can I become more childlike in my every day? Am I willing to do things that may sound scary, but that offer a reward of knowledge that I am in need of? Do I make up my mind to be brave and stick with it to the end? Do I trust God to put me in situations and with certain people to help make a difference? Do I engage in positive self talk and look at things from different angles? I certainly get my sugar intake, don’t you worry about that! Is my relationship with God the same as my relationship with my child? Do I willingly go where He wants me to go, not complain, am patient, and full of love? I need a lot of work. As an adult, I feel like I have chosen to close off some of those characteristics to keep myself safe, but you know what? God is full of love for me and wants the best for me. I need to be more childlike.
In Matthew 18:3 it says:
“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Am I truly converted and acting in a childlike manner to my Heavenly Father who is my loving parent? I still have a lot to learn from my children and a lot to learn to be more like them!