So many words of Jesus transcends space and time, His stories/parables are honeycomb to the soul, time and again nourishing my heart.
Consider His words of children in this passage: Matt 19:14 “Suffer ( allow/permit) little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
There is an innocence(pure of heart) that little children display, alas, many if not most of us lose that as an adult, and yet, Matt 5:8 tells us that those who are pure of heart shall see God.
I often ponder, pray and meditate about how could I get my heart to be like this and to my amazement, God in His amazing love for us, allowed me to experience it first hand.
I should like to share a story about Faith, as taught to me by my 5 year old son:
Many years ago when my sons were little, we all enjoyed taking a trip to the local toy store. I suppose I did not grow up much as far as toys, because quite frankly, I loved playing with them as much as my sons did!
Now at the time I had 3 young boys, Jeremy, 4, Jason, 5 and James 10. We were all excited and off to the toy store we went. Upon entering the store, I always let them go and look for the toys they were most interested in, so off they went. I myself went looking for my favorite toy.
As time passed, sometimes one would say, “Hey daddy, look at this one, or what about that one?” So many great toys, we all could not wait to get home to play with the one we choose.
Now, out of the blue, I heard a loud bang. The next thing I heard was one of my sons crying very loudly. I was alarmed and as I started to race to where the crying was coming from, my 5 year old son Jason came running towards me, hand on top of his head, tears flowing down his face, crying profusely and in great distress.
I immediately ran to him and gathered him up in my arms and I said, “Jason, what’s wrong, what happened?”.
He was obviously in great pain and in between his sobs, he blurted out, " Daddy, as I was looking at a toy and when I went to stand up, I busted my head on the shelf"
I was so upset for him and my friends, what happened next was something I truly believe came from God.
I put him down, wiped the tears from his eyes and I said, “Jason, show me where you hurt your head” My son pointed to a spot on his head and I reached down, kissed the spot on his head and I rubbed it and I said, “Jason, it is all better now, it’s going to be ok”.
What Jason did next is what I have kept in my heart from that moment.
He looked up at me, smiled and said, “Thanks Daddy, I knew you would make it better.” And as he said that he ran back to the toys and was as happy as could be.
Now folks, my kisses and rubbing his head did not take the pain away, but it did not matter to him, all he knew was daddy would make it ok. He did not care about the pain and he was back at looking at toys as if nothing happened.
That moment in time is forever with me. I use it on myself every time I am overwhelmed with uncertainty, every anxiety, or pain, difficulties that I am unprepared for arise, when my heart aches for concern for my children, things that I cannot solve myself, I remember Jason and I go to my room, get on my knees and I cry out to The Lord and give my concerns to my Daddy (Abba) in Heaven and regardless of the pain, or the outcome, I know that my father in Heaven is touching my heart like a kiss from heaven and holding me in His arms and telling me that everything is going to be ok.
My faith is renewed because God demonstrated how it should be through my son.
My friends, God is showering all of us with His love even now, we just have to have faith of a child to believe it. I pray for each of you that you believe it as well!
Peace and Grace