The Pondering this week comes via Mrs Jesus Follower- who wrote this post before Julie spoke on Psalm 51 last Sunday:

I’ve realised that a line from Psalm 51 has, of late, become a focus for me. It’s from a prayer of David’s that’s brought a freshness to my life.

The line that has jumped out at me goes like this…Return unto me the joy of your salvation. Yes, that’s it. And perhaps that hasn’t got a lot of significance to some, but, for me, it’s huge!

As a child, my trust was so simple and unquestioning.  I loved God passionately and trusted him in the most amazingly uncomplicated way. I’m quite shocked as to how the riches, the simplicity, the joy of those early years has been so easily lost.

Life has cluttered this simple faith and brought questions and disillusionments so here I am, regarded as among the elderly, delighting in learning to come back to this child-like trust.

It’s a bit like throwing off all the complicated fashions of the 50’s and 60’s and enjoying the simple dress styles I wear today! Some of you may know what I’m talking about!

It’s given me a fresh perspective, a freedom and a new joy as I recall my childhood trust.

It puts reality into Jesus words of Matthew 18:3, ‘Unless you change and become as little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’

And again in 19:14, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’

They say in old age we become more child-like. I don’t think I’ll make that an aim in life but I’m certainly going to make it a goal in my spiritual journey!