"TO THY CHILD-HEART SHALL COME STRENGTH"

RETURNING from a long motor trip one night in our car, we suddenly came into dense fog on a heavily traveled turnpike. After we had crept along slowly for some minutes, unable to see a thing in front, in back, or on either side, a child in the car said, "Now is the time to trust God." This simple statement of truth brought a sharp rebuke to the sense of fear we were entertaining, and a wonderfully clear realization of God's presence and power was felt. Although the fog did not lift for over an hour, we came through unharmed. Many times since, I have thought of that dear little one's trust and of how natural it had been for him to turn to God, good, when the way seemed obscure and uncertain.

Christ Jesus loved the childlike thought, its innocence, its freedom from pride, arrogance, and guile. In reply to his disciples' inquiry (Matt. 18:1), "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Jesus called a little child to his side and said (verse 4), "Whosoever... shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

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