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How the Weather Pertains to Faith

Yesterday, I was teaching a six-year-old girl her science lesson for the day.  She is learning about weather and the textbook showed a picture of some trees being bent by high winds.  The question for the picture was, “What could you do to protect yourself in this kind of weather?”  I read her the question and without hesitation she responded,

“Pray.”

Just simply that. It was so unexpected because I was reading what the teacher’s manual provided as the correct answer: wear a coat, put on a hat, etc..  I was surprised by her answer but said enthusiastically, “Why, YES!”

The Bible talks about having faith like a child.

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”   Matthew 18:1-4

What does it mean to be humble like a child?  A child assumes that an adult knows more than himself.  Sometimes, I think people think they know better than God and what man has planned is better than what God has planned.  We need to humble ourselves before God.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28

“Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.”  Daniel 10:12

Children are so simple. So trusting. That little girl fully trusted that all she had to do to protect herself was pray for God to protect her.  I’ve been thinking about that since it happened yesterday.

Do I trust God that way?  How about you?

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2013 in humility

 

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Eating Crow

Today, I was speaking with a four-year old girl about Halloween.  She told me that she was going ‘trunk-or-treating.’   I said, “Trick-or-treating. It’s called trick-or-treating, sweetie.”

“No, it’s not!” she said, “It’s called trunk-or-treating.”

I continued in this conversation for about ten minutes and I couldn’t convince her that she was wrong.  Silly girl.  Later, I told my mom about it.  She laughed.  “Kimmy, she’s right!  There’s this new term for dressing up and getting candy but not really getting into the ‘Halloween spirit.’  It’s called trunk-or-treating.”

You’re kidding.  You mean that little four-year old was right and I was wrong?  No way.

Oh yes.  So, tomorrow, I have to apologize to a little girl and tell her she was right and I wasn’t.  Just goes to show that you can be wrong even when you’re sure you’re not.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in humility

 

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