Monday, November 16, 2020

Maturing in Childlike Faith~

One of my favorite songs 
is about a class of children 
with special needs. 
While their teacher 
taught them their ABC's, 
she also shared with them 
the love of Jesus. 

One day, 
she told them
of Jesus' promise
to come back 
and take them 
to Heaven. 

From that moment on, 
she couldn't keep them
in their seats! 

They were always 
running to the windows, 
pressing their 
fingertips and noses 
against the windowpane,
looking for Jesus. 

If He said He was coming, 
He WAS coming!

Oh, to have the faith of these children.

How it must 
please our Father's heart 
when we take Him 
at His word.

If He said it, 
He will do it. 
No ifs, ands or buts
about it.

As I look into my own life, 
I have found 
the moments
that have brought me 
the most pleasure 
are the ones where 
I was understood
for who I am 
and I was taken
at my word. 

On the flip side of that, 
I can also attest 
to the fact 
that some of my most 
frustrating and heartbreaking moments 
have been those when 
who I am 
was questioned or doubted.

We all long 
to be someone 
others 
can believe in 
and count on. 

I wonder if God longs for this, too. 

Can you imagine 
what kind of life 
you and I would be living 
at this very moment
if we truly took 
the Lord 
at His Word?

When I was a child, 
I was told faith 
is a lot 
like sitting 
on a chair. 

When we sit down, 
we have faith 
this piece of furniture
won't let us down. 
We trust it will 
support us and hold us up. 

Seldom do we 
give the chair 
a second thought, 
much less 
a thorough inspection! 

Yet, 
when it comes 
to placing our life 
into the hands 
of the Creator 
of the universe, 
we hold back, 
questioning and doubting
if He will be there 
to hold us up?

But without faith 
it is impossible
to please him: 
for he that cometh to God 
must believe that he is, 
and that he is a rewarder 
of them that diligently seek him.
~ Hebrews 11:6

I once asked my class 
what they were thankful for. 
In the midst of the usual 
flood of responses - 
my bike, my family, our dog - 
one answer stood high 
above the others. 

One little boy 
simply stated 
he was thankful 
God was real 
and not pretend.

Do you believe God is real? 

Are you willing 
to relinquish 
the weight 
you are carrying 
and allow Him 
to support you 
and hold you up? 

Are you ready 
to run with me 
to the window of God's heart, 
leaving your own heartprint,
as in eager anticipation, 
you look for all 
He has promised you?

It is the desire 
of my heart
to please my God. 

What better way 
to do this than 
to believe 
He is WHO 
He says He is
and to know and trust 
He will DO 
what He says He will do.


~Stacy



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