I used this illustration in a talk I gave last Sunday evening and was asked to share it here for others.
Jesus encourages us to receive the Kingdom of God like children (Luke 18.17). What does that mean? What does it look like? How are we to approach our heavenly father like little children?
When my son turned three years old I bought him a radio controlled, “Crocodile Hunter” Jeep. Admittedly, this gift entertained his father as much as it entertained him, but that is not the point.
Before wrapping his present I went ahead and charged the batteries so that it would be ready to go right out of the box. That afternoon, we took the jeep out to the driveway and had a blast – a very short-lived blast. I was not aware that as the battery in the car lost its charge, the ability to maintain control over the vehicle would also decrease. I was maneuvering the jeep down the driveway (that had a downward slope to the street) when I no longer had control of the vehicle. It was lined up perfectly to roll straight into the street — at the exact time that a full-sized vehicle was coming down the road.
I could not have timed it better if I wanted to. The small Jeep rolled under the car perfectly lined up with the rear tire. The driver never knew what that bump was and never stopped. The Jeep was completely smashed. We hadn’t even had the toy for two hours and it was toast.
I was devastated, but my young son seemed unaffected. He walked straight out to the mangled wreck, scooped it up in his little arms, walked back up the driveway to me, looked up and said, “Daddy, fix it.”
My son was absolutely convinced that I could fix it. Perhaps one of the saddest (yet most necessary) days in the relationship between a dad and his child is the day a your child realizes that you can’t do everything.
Many things in our lives feel broken, crushed, mangled because of foolishness on our part or drive-by negligence in the world. You have a heavenly Father who loves you so deeply that he organized history itself to move toward one particular moment in time in which He sent His one and only Son to die for your sin, to “fix it.”
You can come to your Father and hold up the mess you have made and say simply, “Daddy, fix it.” He immediately forgives and accepts you; He begins at once restoring and redeeming you, changing your heart to desire Him more and more, helping you to turn away form your own self-destructive desires. He begins to give you eyes to see the pain of others so that you might be a source of hope and encouragement for them, keeping them from running headlong into the street.
As a chid of God you will never have to come to a day when you realize that He cannot fix everything. Your heavenly Father watches over you to such a degree that not a hair can fall from your head without His will (Luke 12.7); in fact He causes all things to work together for your salvation (Romans 8.28).
Have you trusted God with the mangled mess of your life? You can. He is good and loving; gracious and kind. He can fix it.