The stillness is suddenly interrupted by the sound of tiny feet, in socks, running exuberantly down the aisle. Eyes sparkling with delight, the little boy runs towards the front of the church with outstretched arms. The assistant to the pastor waits, holding a six-foot cross until the little boy reaches the first step. He quickly climbs up the first stair, and then the second, until he comes in contact with the cross. The smile and sparkle in his eyes show the congregation that he has reached his goal, his prize, his gold medal. With the assistant to the pastor holding the cross, the little boy enthusiastically and with quick little steps helps carry the huge cross to its final destination.
To see such happiness and the exuberance in this little child brings tears to my eyes. And I question myself, in this season of Lent and self-examination: "Am I so high-spirited in attending church or reading my Bible?"
Incidents such as these remind us that God will use such circumstances to bring us back into a relationship with Him in order that we may continue to be His hands and feet on this earth to share the good news with the world.
Matthew 18:2-4 – And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (NASB)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to be like that little boy. May we enthusiastically and humbly approach Your throne. We ask that You use us to be Your vessels to share the resurrection of Your Son, Jesus, who died on a cross for us in order that we may have eternal life. Amen.
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