"The Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them and said, assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 18:2-4). For those of you who are parents, has the Lord ever taught you a lesson or revealed things to you through your kids? That seems to happen more and more for me...the Lord revealing spiritual truths through my precious Ayantu Faith. One of those times happened the other day as Ayantu accompanied me on some errands. She loves going places with me when she can, and this time it was to the hardware store and then to pick up the workers. It had been a bit of a stressful week. I was sick for 3 days with the chills and fever and had to stay in bed for a few days, which drove me crazy...ha! I had also been feeling discouraged and overwhelmed with the building project, and needed some time to clear my head. So, as we were driving, I began talking to my daughter, who was sitting in the passenger seat (only in Mexico), as if she was my age. "Antu, daddy's stressed and overwhelmed"...she responded, "how come daddy?" and then I began to pour my heart out to her on the road. There we were, the two of us, a 32 year old dad laying it out there for his 2 year old daughter. When I got to the part about money, and stressing out over how much this project is costing, how are we going to get the money, etc....she responded, "Jesus." I asked her again what she said and she said "Jesus, daddy"
That's when it hit me and the lesson came...as I'm looking at my 2 year old sitting next to me. I saw that "childlike faith" that the bible speaks about and that I desire so badly. Antu doesn't have a care in the world other then a few basics, her blankie, buzz and woody figurines, packa (Dora backpack), and Jack (her cousin). She feels loved, nurtured, protected and provided for by her mommy and daddy.
Saints, isn't it the same for us with our Heavenly Father? The one who wants to love, nurture, protect and provide for us every single day?
"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matt 6:26).
I am praying all the more for that kind of faith I saw that day in Antu...I want to be able to sit, be still, and know that He is God. I want to remember that He has all things in control and all He asks is for us to simply NOT WORRY and to seek Him first!
I stumbled upon this picture of the first time I ever met and held my daughter. That was almost 2 years ago (O gracious she's growing up fast). The same God who orchestrated that special night, her adoption and EVERY detail that came with it, is the same "yesterday, today and forever.". There is not one aspect of this building project, orphanage or us living down here, that He has not thought of NOR is unaware of. It all rests in His wonderful, perfect plan! Thank you Lord and Ayantu for this wonderful lesson!
"SHOW me Your ways, O Lord; TEACH me Your paths, LEAD me in Your truth and teach me" (Psalm 25:4-5).