Gotta Have a Little Faith
A child so innocent
She was young, yet somewhat apprehensive as she inquired, with such a pure heart. “Mommy, if God is perfect and everything, then why does He let sad stuff happen?” I glanced back into her troubled eyes as she shared a quizzical grin. She prefaced this with hope you don’t think I'm bad for asking this?
The innocence and shyness of this investigation is impressive as it arrived from her little lips. Mesmerized by this charming encounter and her yearning for wisdom with an ambition to find out who God is, I am in awe.
As we become older, we cover better. Afraid to challenge the perplexing questions and maybe we defend ourselves too much. The dread that someone will discover our insecurities prevails curiosity. People just might figure out we don't know everything. But, having answers may inhibit our desire for our Father. We may stop seeking when we believe we already know. I determined never to place God in a trunk, for when I do, and I have, as I am human, He surprises every time with His Grace.
When dealing with this question, it's a baby step to a great pilgrimage to further add purity by acknowledging Christ in your life. Let's call this a teaching moment. Well, I said to her, "First that is an excellent question, and second never doubt your desire to learn. I prefer for you to ask, always. I need for you to follow God as He is love, and He forgives our mistakes. Our Lord embraces us with a magnificent love and He is there even when we’re foolish or unhappy or acting out. He is just that magnificent, and He is ready for your searches. You're showing an eagerness to receive Him, and that is what He desires because He sees you and loves you.”
He is strength when we are weak
To put your faith in God and believe in Him is just the first step to an amazing journey. When we do this Christ can live in our hearts and there He remains forever. There is a misconception that God makes bad things happen. Perhaps sometimes, He allows it, for our growth or to complete His plan. But He never wants bad things to come to us. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11.” He died for us, all we need to do is go to Him in prayer and ask for His forgiveness and then trust in His promises. “That God so loved the world He gave His only Son, that whoever believe in Him shall not perish and have eternal life. John 3:16” Now this does not mean we will not meet challenges or trials. It does not mean we will never suffer or have tough times again. “He said “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10”
See, God has chosen us to be His instruments of peace and to shine a light for Him that is so bright and welcoming. He wants for us to reach out to others. When you lose yourself, you can go to Him, He is right there with you, every step of the way. We have to work hard to not become bottom feeders and just get by on scraps. We need to do our best to float to the top. Not trying to be cheeky or preachy just real. We need to feed upon His word and share it with all who come to Him.
God wants you on His team no matter what. No matter how awkward you may play, no matter how much you mess up, no matter what you have done in the past or for that matter. God wants to be your coach, your confidant and your best friend. God wants to be your everything. All you have to do is ask Him into your heart, ask Him to forgive you and give you strength. We are called as our sins have died with Christ and so we are raised in Him to live for Him.
Colossians 3: 12-14, Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
We, myself included, may not always do as the above passage states. Human nature and the flesh bind us to imperfection. However, to know Him is to love Him and we are so blessed with His perfect word. We have to remember to feed on the right stuff. Try not to judge one another, but we will, however, we may not know what He writes on someone’s heart. God needs all of us and we are not all going to act or look the same, if we did, we would be a small group. God willing we will grow closer to Him by His Grace. We will learn from Him all we gotta have, is a little faith.
Peace in your stages
© 2013 Kathy Henderson