After talking a little about how girls and boys are made in God’s image and likeness (and how he is not, but a rather a cheese loving “creeping thing" —still loved and blessed but not human), Hezekiah went on to ask who is the “radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Heb 1.3). Again, the answer came quickly—Jesus.
Growing up and growing older is hard on that childlike brightness, optimism and surety. Childhood’s wonder and natural, playful acceptance gets eroded by sin—my own and others’—peer pressure and making my way in the world.
Leaning into Lent helps. An obedient, childlike doing what I’m told in honest self examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, almsgiving and reading and meditating on the Word of God will reveal any of my oppressive grown-up inhibitions and temptations to
occupy myself with thingsInstead, the Lenten spiritual disciplines, faithfully worked, can calm and quiet my soul like a child’s (Ps 131.2) releasing a wide-eyed, shining faced and rejuvenated trust in Jesus.
too great and too marvelous for me. (Psalm 131:1 ESV)