Faith Like Children

PART ONE OF TWO.

My daughter is reading Kisses from Katie, a book about a young woman whose call from God, turned her life in a completely different direction than her parents had planned.  This single, 18 year-old girl left the what most would consider a perfect life in America – to follow Jesus Christ and obey His call for her life…  At now 22 years of age, this single young woman has adopted 11 children, and lives in Uganda.  Undeniably a call from God.

If you haven’t read this, here’s your warning – it’s amazingly powerful and beyond touching.  Faith in action – it’s a beautiful love story.  I have only gotten to read a few tidbits that my daughter brings to me, but each one deeply touches my heart because of her obedience and the message of Christ’s love.

This week, my husband was just getting on the kids about “playing with trash” outside to create a “home” in the garage and on our patio – using various boxes, cartons and packages we had thrown away.  The main issue was them blowing away, but obviously … that they were previously IN the trash.

Then today, I read a journal entry from Katie, where she shared about her children doing something very similar and it spoke right to my heart… and I thought how easily we forget what it’s like to be a child… this is their world, their fun and play.  What a blessing they find such wonderfulness in the simple things.  Yes, even in the things we toss away, and consider trash…  Faith like a child?  There is a reason God makes things so simple, even a child can get it.  Yet, as adults – we continue to complicate things…

Katie’s Journal –

“My goofy, trash-loving children are constant reminders of God.  They look at things that I see as used, broken, and dirty and they see treasure.  Can you imagine?  God looks at everyone broken, old, dirty, probably not a whole lot more exciting than an old toilet paper roll, and sees treasure.  Something He loves dearly, something He would die for.  Wow.

Thank you God for my trash-loving treasure-seeking children.  Thank you for so much laughter in the midst of a difficult week.  Thank You that when I feel old and used-up and broken and no more exciting than a cardboard box, You whisper that You love and value me, and that in Your eyes, I am shiny and new.” 

Beautiful words…  and so true.  Shouldn’t we see our “wrecked” bodies as God does?  Valued, loved and treasured?  IF we’re good enough to die for, shouldn’t we treat our bodies as such?

“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”  Mark 10:15-16

 

 

 

Posted on February 7, 2012, in Change, Our Struggles and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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