“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” (Matthew 11:16 – 19)
Children at play, demanding that the games are played by their rules and not allowing others to enter into the game as they wished. Not child-like, with the sense of whimsy and gentleness; but childish and petty, never being happy but complaining about all things. Think of the whiny child in a store that demands his/her way, and has a temper tantrum if not placated. Such children, beloved reader, should not be punished but taken home and taught the polite ways to act in public.
“At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” (Verses 25 – 26)
Again we have the theme of children and childhood, but this time it is child-like understanding that believes simply by faith and trust. I had occasion to think and ponder on the hidden nature of faith and believe in the Divine. Faith in the Divine is not like anything else in human experience. Paul says rightly that it is a mystery. It is to those who simply believe and trust that the mystery is revealed.
“All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Verses 27 – 30)
Is this something that we can trust in? That Jesus’ way is easy and light? How many stories have we heard about Christians struggling and being challenged? If we would ask the Christian martyrs, our spiritual forebearers, what would they say?
The key to this, beloved reader, is that Jesus and the Divine have laid down a simple path of faith and belief that leads us to them. The struggle comes not from what they ask of us, but what the world at large does to those who live contrary to societal norms – when those societal norms are not Christian based. This understanding cycles back to the opening verses here, of pouty children who want believers to dance and weep at their agenda rather than the agenda outlined by authentic faith and belief.
May you, beloved reader, choose the easy and light path of the Divine, and may the Divine journey with you through the difficulties you face in this world. Shalom & Selah!