Bright eyes look down at me. What a big smile he has. I love that smile!
We had been watching a huge bird fly across the sky and then I asked him, “Don’t you wish we could fly like that?” I tell him I believe we’re going to someday… when we get to heaven. That’s when he stares at me, steady gaze. I reach up to his tall shoulders and face him. “Are you going to be there?” I mean in heaven. He immediately looks down, “I don’t know much about that stuff, I mean… I never learned about it.” I tell him he can be assured.
I tell him that God has made a way for everyone and He doesn’t make it hard for us. I explain the Bible says if you only confess with your mouth, that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. The smile suddenly reappears, “That’s not so hard.” I agree, “God made it easy, He knew we couldn’t get there on our own.”
We turn our gaze back at the bird soaring higher and farther away. “You know the best part? Salvation’s a gift. There’s nothing you can do to earn it. He takes us just like we are.” Hugs are exchanged and promises to see you later. I walk away with a full heart, knowing that once again God has allowed me to participate in something bigger than I can comprehend.
Another soul is laid at His feet for His cultivation. I can rest knowing… for now, it was enough. How do we share the hope that’s inside us? Sometimes it’s straight forward because someone’s asked. Sometimes it’s how we are seen handling the messes of life. Every word sprinkled with just a bit of salt. Sometimes it’s being careful to leave a bit for later. I think of it in bites. I may offer one, the rest coming from someone else. Either way, it’s just one thread in a much bigger tapestry that God is creating.
“Thank You, Lord for the kids you bring through this house. Thank You for using me just as I am. Flawed… utterly human, I am Your tool to be used in countless ways every day. In Your care let each little seed grow. I give them all to You. In Jesus’ mighty name, Anna”