They’re just excuses, but here’s why I haven’t been writing lately:
- Pictures. I’ve been taking advantage of this beautiful weather we’ve been having, and doing a LOT of sessions. It’s going great, and I absolutely love finally having a hobby!
- I’ve also been working on the Sharing the Good Things website in other ways. I finally re-organized the photography session page to be more user friendly.
- I’ve also starting writing Disney Trip Tips since I get so many questions about going to Disney. I figured another blog with info about Disney couldn’t hurt! I’m really loving that, and I’m hoping it’ll lead to more Disney writing ideas.
- We’re getting ready for a couple of vacations in the upcoming months, so I’ve been doing the “D” word. Yes, that’s right.. Dieting. UGHH! I’m not one of those people that can just “make it my lifestyle”, but I’m determined to be 10-15 lbs lighter by October. On a good note, I’ve been getting creative in the kitchen and discovered a few low cal recipes that I hope to be writing about soon!
- I’ve seriously been working on a post for over TWO months about a subject near and dear to my heart. I’ve been so scared to post it because of the scrutiny that is likely to come from it, but I truly feel that God is pushing me to be open about the topic. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s finished and I will be publishing it soon!
Anyway, I didn’t just start a blog post to justify my disappearance, but rather to share something that has been on my mind during my Bible studies this week. I’ve felt led recently to spend a little extra time with God, by listening to the Word being read through my Bible app on my phone, while getting ready in the morning. I used to spend this time watching Youtube videos, and I thought it would be very challenging to give up this time, but so far, it hasn’t been hard at all.
I had originally started reading towards the end of the New Testament, and then for some reason decided to start over from the beginning, in Matthew. I’ll tell ya, listening to a book is a totally different perspective from reading one. I should confess that I used to make fun of my baby sister because she is always listening to a book on her kindle, everywhere we go. My mom and I laugh at her because she is often in her own little world when doing so. The funniest part is she is reading simultaneously, and if you ask her why, it’s because she can submerge herself fully into the story. And that pretty much explains my new morning ritual. Submerging fully into God’s will and message. Here’s the kicker… This morning? My message was:
1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”2 Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them. 3 “I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Somehow the cliche “Jesus Loves the Little Children” song pops into my head when thinking about this piece of scripture. How he adores their purity and innocence. Their abundance of faith in such a small package. Their simplistic outlook of everything.
But this passage went deeper than that with me. It seems to me that the book of Matthew reveals a lot about Jesus resisting judgement and temptation. After Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days, He was unmercifully tempted by Satan (Matthew 5). He withstood the pressure, but that moment in time was a foreshadowing of what was to come. Anytime Jesus would preach to crowds or perform miracles, there was always someone that would approach Him and try to “trip Him up”. People didn’t understand why He preached so differently, in fact, one man asked why he preached in parables. Jesus basically told Him, that if that was what it took for people to understand, then wasn’t that better than preaching a certain “style”?
Two times, Jesus provided food for crowds of thousands, with food items in the single digits. Even after witnessing the first episode of Jesus Feeding 5,000 with 5 Loaves and Two Fish, the disciples were fretting about how they were going to feed even less people! I mean, come on… Wouldn’t you think, “Oh yea, He’s got this. I’ve seen it before”?
But it wasn’t just the disciples that doubted Him. The Pharisees obviously had a vendetta out against Him, so their questions were subtle condescending accusations in the least. But Jesus patiently taught all of them a different way of living and representing Him, clearing the muddy water and explaining ritual vs. relationship.
He Taught Them to Have Faith That Moves Mountains
So what does all of this have to do with children? Well if there’s anything I’ve learned leading a 1st grade small group, it’s that kids hinge on your EVERY word. I know children aren’t perfect and don’t behave or mind all the time. And because of this, we assume they don’t listen to us. But they do. And they believe everything. Why? Because that’s how they learn- from you. Have you ever caught your child googling a question they asked you, to double check your answer? No! Because they believe…They haven’t lived long enough to be dissapointed (well, other than dissapointed that they’re not going to Chuck E Cheese, or eating candy for breakfast). Their let downs in this world are still to come. For now, they have the purest of faith.
Then puberty and life happens. We start to doubt. We lose trust. We start to worry. Anxiety is devastating. It can cripple our hope and ultimately steal our faith. Trusting God is the ONLY way to stay above water. We have to trust that He is in control and that our circumstances are for His purpose. How can I refuse a situation He has put me in, when the outcome can glorify Him? Why should I worry about the outcome when He cares so much for me?
25 “This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?27 Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! 30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith?31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
So don’t let the tempter steal your faith. Trust in God wholly, and “cast all your cares on Him” (1 Peter 5:7). He’s not just watching you suffer, He’s waiting for you to rest in Him. It’s time to be a kid again.