Your story is not typical. Also, notice that you said you settled on one that "felt right." This suggests you were seeking an emotional connection, not the literal truth of the message. As for the quote, you're actually taking it out of context as well. He was indgnant to his disciples, because they weren't allowing children in who had been brought by their parents. I think he was reinforcing the notion that religion should start young. He implores people to see religion as a child would--unquestioning, servile. This is a theme reinforces throughout the New Testament. Your religion doesn't want you to think, it wants you to believe.