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Bryan Thatcher, with his daughter Elizabeth Rose, knows that in life (and in dance) Christ is the One who leads.

Come to Me As Little Children

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Recently, our daughter Elizabeth Rose had her dance recital, and as a tribute for Father's Day, she and I danced a waltz and foxtrot combination with several other fathers and daughters.

I had to go to several evening practices with Elizabeth, and I truly enjoyed the time with her. We laughed and joked and had many memorable experiences trying to get the dance steps down. I will never forget the look in her eyes when we danced. It was as if she were saying, "I love you Daddy, and there is nothing greater than being close to you."

It reminded me of our interacting with Jesus, and how we are to be as simple and pure as a little child. We should not be afraid to approach Him, to interact with Him as a friend, and talk to Him as a brother.

Jesus wants us to come to him as a little child. What does that mean? It means to come to Him with trust and full confidence that He will never abandon us.

Elizabeth Rose doesn't worry about her next meal or her college education; she trusts her mom and dad and runs to us with open arms, knowing that we will never abandon her. That is how we must look at Jesus and our spiritual journey. Even though we may have to walk through a burning bush and suffer in this valley of tears, we will have inner peace on earth and a joy beyond all understanding when we see Him in Heaven.

The Lord made it clear to St. Faustina that the more we trust in Him and try to live in His will and not ours, the more graces we will receive. He told her, "Tell [all people] my daughter, that I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls" (Diary of St. Faustina, 1074).

Trust in God is easy when things are going well. However, in times of trial and suffering, doubt appears, and we wonder "where is God?" or "Does He really exist?" Financial ruin, the sudden death of a loved one, divorce, and drug-addicted children are just a few of the painful episodes in life that we can use to draw nearer to Him. But trust in God is the key. We must let it be the life vest to hold onto when we feel we are drowning.

Think about Job, who lost his family, health and wealth. Through his persistent trial, God never informed him why it was happening. Job didn't curse God; instead, he marveled at the wonders of God's creation and knew that he should trust in the Creator in times of suffering.

Just as with Job and his sufferings, the experience of being diagnosed with cancer, losing a loved one in an accident, being fired from a job — all these are examples of trials in daily life that make us realize how vulnerable we are and what little control we actually have.

In times of struggle and frustration, we should have the attitude of Peter who said, "'Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word, I will let down the nets.' When they had done that they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them" (Lk 5:5-7). This attitude obviously requires a great faith. However, in times of trial, our faith is tested, and that is when we must trust in Him. We must believe the reality that we are merely pilgrims on earth for a short time, and that all these temporary things will pass. As spiritual warriors, we must "walk by faith, not by sight " (2 Cor 5:7).

So, today let us put all our trials and tribulations at the foot of the Cross, and maintain an attitude of peace and trust in God, as we say with great conviction, ":Jesus, I trust in You!"

Dr. Bryan Thatcher is the founder of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), an apostolate of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Learn more about EADM.

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sebastian - Jul 10, 2007

God bless you and everyone for this article. We ask always for miracles . And they happen every moment. " But rejoice that your names are written in heaven"(Lk 10:20).

kristin - Jul 10, 2007

Always an inspiration. Walking by faith.. is definately challenging, but is the most rewarding way to live. God loves that child-like trust and BLESSES it. Thankyou Bryan

Ana Paula Rodrigues- Brasil - EADM - Jul 10, 2007

Congratulations.
We always have to remember , and live this message. God bless you and your work with the Apostles.

Diane and Leo - Jul 10, 2007

Great article Bryan! This is the way we picture the joy we bring to Christ when we become as little children and trust in him completely. Thanks for the reminder.

marsha anne - Jul 10, 2007

Can really identify with your article at this time....a daughter probably going to jail due to legal problems(DUI's) and related issues,stemming from addictions! Still asking for miracles, but whatever will be----JESUS I TRUST IN YOU... and that's our decision, and THAT'S ALL THERE IS!!!
Thank you Bryan, once again!!

Annie Karto - Jul 10, 2007

What a beautiful witness to the love and life of family, and especially the gift of children. Thanks for reminding us to trust and be "chlildlike" in our relationship with our Father.

Ono & Joseph Soon - Jul 10, 2007

Great article Bryan! Thanks for reminding us to trust in Jesus. God bless you and your work with the Apostles. GOD IS GOOD.......ALL THE TIME.....ALL THE TIME.....GOD IS GOOD.
JESUS.........POWER.

Bea - Jul 10, 2007

thanks

Kathy - Jul 10, 2007

This is a wonderful article. It reminds me of the many hours I spend with my two year old granddaughter. Her admiration for Jesus and His Blessed Mother has taught me the meaning of unconditional love. This is the love we must have for our heavenly Father, Who out of love for us, created us. May we always remember to whisper, "Jesus, I Trust in You!"

Barbara Christian-New Mexico - Jul 11, 2007

What a beautiful picture of you and your daughter! That is how a father/daughter relationship should be. Here are some thoughts I have on "Jesus, I trust in you." In order for God to work in our lives, we must have total trust in Him and be willing to except whatever He graciously gives. We often pray selfishly for our needs and are truly convinced of those needs. Yet our Lord knows our needs better than we do. What does it mean to trust in totality? For if we trusted as we should, we would have no worries because we know that God will take care of all of our needs and He knows what is best for us (Matt 6:25-33/1 Peter 5:7). So, if I say that I trust God, but I worry, then I am a liar.

Lily Torres - Jul 11, 2007

This is an excellent summary of what it means to truly trust in Jesus. Bryan, this article brought back a beautiful memory of a beautiful & cheerful song that was sung nightly during my recent trip to Eden Hill. The song talks about having to be like a child in order to get to heaven. Perhaps one day I will have the opportunity to hear it again. Thanks Siaosi and God Bless you All. "Jesus, en ti confio"

Fr. Silvio, MIC - Brazil - Jul 13, 2007

Hi Bryan,
That's a very inspiring text on trust, based in a simple real life situation. May we always be like a child in God's presence. As you said: "So, today let us put all our trials and tribulations at the foot of the Cross, and maintain an attitude of peace and trust in God, as we say with great conviction, ":Jesus, I trust in You!"

Fr.Charles Abbud. Southern Sudan/Juba - Jul 15, 2007

Thanks Dr.Bryan for the beautful article about your relationship in the family. this article gives me apoint of trust in the love of God.This article is challenging to all. God bless you and your family. Remmrber also to pray for the People of Southern Sudan.

mary -Davao City - Jul 17, 2007

wonderful and it an inspirational for us .God bless and more blessing to your family

Denise & Thomas Moyer - Aug 14, 2007

Bryan, I was just telling Thomas yesturday - that we need to come to him as children. During morning prayer when I need to be comforted, I image myself sitting at the feet of Jesus with my head resting in his lap, knowing that His hand is on me. Thank you Jesus for your LOVE, your unconditional love and forgiveness. Your Mercy is endless! We give our lives to you, use us as you Will! Jesus, We trust in you!