God is so awesome how He works in situations in our lives. Just wanted to share with you all about an “open door” to share the Word with a child – we are Messengers for Christ not just to adults, but to children also.
I was reminded of the verses in Matthew 19:13 and 14. “Then were there brought unto him (Jesus) little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer (allow) little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
A little bit of background – I work at L.A. Fitness. My job is to take care of the children while their parents are working out.
There are three children (siblings), Isaiah, Christopher, and Jasmine who occasionally come in. Every time they come in, my co worker and I usually “wince” because (to say the least), they are NOT very well behaved. They are rude, disrespectful of authority, use bad language, etc. etc. etc. We usually have to put them in “time out” a lot (doesn’t make our job too much fun).
Well, yesterday, Christopher (about 6 or 7 years old) and Jasmine (2 years old) came in to be taken care of.
Christopher was chasing his sister all around the place, running, running, running, and pushing her, pulling her hair, etc. As usual, he did not listen to our admonition for him to STOP! Anyway, a few minutes later, he pulled her by the leg when she was standing up and she fell HARD on the back of her head.
I immediately picked her up (she was crying hard and hurting). We checked the back of her head and did not see a lump, but she was still crying hard.
As my manner is, even though LA Fitness is not a Christian Organization, I prayed for little Jasmine and ministered to her. After a few minutes, she quieted down.
Then, I sat down and chatted with Christopher. Our conversation became very interesting. I could tell that he was upset that his sister was hurt. This is the interesting part – even though I don’t usually have REAL GOOD THOUGHTS about this child – this time was different! As God inspired me to do so, I told this boy that God loved him and that Jesus loved him. I told him that he was NOT a bad boy, but that sometimes he did bad things. He looked at me, pointed at the ground (downward) and said “He is controlling me”. I asked him who “he” was. He said the devil. I immediately told him that God’s has more power than the devil. Then I again told him that God loved him and that Jesus loved him very much. I told him that if he talked to God and prayed, that God would help him to change.
After we spoke, I could just sense God’s good pleasure and I knew that I had introduced “light and love” into this precious child’s life.
We look at people “so” differently when we see them through the eyes of the Lord Jesus Christ. What joy, joy, joy to do our Father’s will and walk in his perfect love.
I don’t know what the future holds for this little boy, but he now knows that God and Jesus love him and want to help him. God bless you all!