Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I dare you to jump!
Earlier this summer I sat at the beach surrounded by a group of close friends as we pondered the deep things of life. I'm not a small talk person, in fact, I stink at it preferring to get right to the "meat" if you know what I mean. At this gathering sat a friend of mine who is a passionate fireball for the Lord and it's proved contagious on many occasions. As we sat there with our feet in the sand I wanted to know where he found such a passion for God, so I asked how it started.
What he shared was simple yet so profound. He said when he was younger he felt like there had to be more to being a christian than just going to church so he grabbed his Bible and started to read all the red words. In case you're unfamiliar, the red words are simply the words that Jesus said during his life here on earth.
That night while the sun set in the background he told us that, "THE RED WORDS CHANGED HIS LIFE."
I found this fascinating! Just the red words changed a man's life?! I couldn't help but wonder, "could it do the same for me?" So a few weeks ago I started searching out the red words in the book of Matthew to see where it would take me and it's doing the EXACT SAME THING in my own heart.
Fast forward to this morning. I found myself reading a small section in Matthew 18 over and over again trying to wrap my brain around what Jesus was saying. The title of the chapter is "whoever becomes simple again." Being a girl who loves the word "simple" and all that implies I wanted to know more but I was having a hard time getting to the root of it so I asked Neal to read it and then tell me what it meant to him. He pointed out the part where Jesus said, "I'm telling you once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you're not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God's kingdom. What's more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it's the same as receiving me." It continues on to talk about simple trust (childlike faith).
Neal pointed me towards this photo of Emma as she fully trusts when she leaps into the arms of her daddy. If you look at the photo you'll notice that her feet are BEHIND her, not under her in case her daddy doesn't catch her. She has childlike trust and has thrown herself into the arms of her father. I posted this photo on facebook a few days ago and my mom commented, "oh, to have TOTAL trust like Emma!" As I read her comment it brought tears to my eyes! What could life look like if we were willing to just throw ourselves into the arms of our heavenly Father as a child! What could happen?? Where could it take us? I can only imagine the adventure!
So today I take Emma's lead and I'm leaping into the arms of my heavenly Father in total trust. I'm pretty sure that life isn't going to look like I thought but I'm confident that he who began a good work in me will carry it onto completion until the day that Christ returns.
And I'm pretty freaking excited about this!!