You really never know what a child will say next. In our church, we have children's time. The topic is Jesus and his love, On some days we use an object lesson to enhance the message. On some occasions, I will encourage the children with questions about their understanding of God and Christ....which can be a grenade with the pin pulled. It's all fun and games till the children's sermon goes sideways!
This past Sunday morning, we curtailed the children's message for a time of backpack blessings. The kids were energetic and expectant. The children were flanked by school teachers, bus drivers, and some school administrators. In the midst of this setting, the church was called to surround these folks. As Pastor Karen and I prepared to pray, one little guy tugged my sleeve and asked, "When can I go to the table and get school supplies for my backpack?" It was a fair question. I whispered to him, "Right after the service you can go get some really cool stuff for your pack. He gave me a scrunched smile and we continued.
This morning I have been thinking about us. We who are more seasoned and a bit older than kids are far to reserved to ask the bold questions. We would rather lean away from a holy God rather then step forward tugging on the robe of Christ. As we read and study God's word, take some time to ask God direct questions. Ask God:
1. When can we get cool stuff for our backpacks?
2. When will the new job offer come?
3. When will our relationships begin to heal and grow?
Our God and "Abba" Father awaits our boldness in coming and asking for His heart and we are His children. Go ahead and draw near to God and he will draw near to us.
22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts
sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure
water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And
let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give
up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all
the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:22-25, NIV)