Saturday, November 3, 2012

Like little children

"At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure."
- Matthew 10:25-26

Every Tuesday night, I see this verse in action.  I lead a group of three and four-year-olds in my church's AWANA Cubbies program.  We go through song time, crafts, snack, verse time, games, and story.  The kids have a blast, and it makes my day to see their happy little faces.

More than that, though, I am incredibly amazed by the faith of these kiddos. Last week, out of the eleven kids in our room, we had seven who wanted to pray for snack.  It makes my heart full of joy when I hear one little girl thank God for her entire family and then thank Jesus because He's her "favorite one in the whole wide world."  Or to hear another thank Jesus that she gets to "come to Cubbies and learn about God."

I praise God for how he has revealed himself to these kids.  They sing to God with all their hearts and recite His word happily.

I have even seen quiet little ones who wouldn't participate in anything become leaders among the other kids and teach the younger ones to sing the songs and play the games.

In Matthew 18:3, Jesus said
"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

A little child doesn't worry about denominations, legalism, or predestination.   It is simply this:

"Jesus died on the cross to take away our yucky sin."

Trying

Sometime it seems like all I'm doing.

Trying to finish a paper before it's due tomorrow.
Trying figure out the very last part of a piano piece.
Trying to study for two tests at the same time.
Trying to be patient when my sibling interrupts my train of thought for the third time in a row.
Trying to think of something worthwhile to say so that I can update my blog.
And trying to see how God fits into it all.

The last one is the hardest.  It is hard for me to focus and to take the time to pray when I would rather just go to sleep or to spend ten minutes reading His word when I would rather email a friend.

With the rest of the things I try to do, I think I can handle it.  I can spend hours studying, I can cram in my memorization, I can even bite my tongue and control my anger.  I can do that.

Then again, maybe I can't

Unless God is constantly there, in the center of my heart, it is all futile.  Honestly, what does an A in English mean when compared to knowing our Savior?

If my life gets crazy and seems out of control, He shows me His view of the bigger picture, and my issues suddenly become much smaller.

I've learned lately that my relationship with God isn't one-sided. He doesn't automatically give me peace and fulfillment.  It is only when I seek after him and follow his ways that I am given the joy that comes from following Christ.

Blessings 1-5
1. Love.  From so many people, in so many ways, and most of all from my Lord Jesus Christ
2. The opportunity to serve with little children and to see their faith.
3. An umbrella (Not very spiritual, but soooo nice to have at school)
4.  Friendships.  Past, present, and in the making.
5. The miracle of adoption