Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Miraculous, Amazing Grace

A few days ago I was completely humbled by two little girls I have never met and more than likely never will meet.

My best friend, Shelby, has been working in special needs classrooms as a substitute teacher.

At lunch that day I had this text waiting for me:
I was in another teacher's classroom helping her with a few students and she was reading them a story about Wilma Rudolph. She said that Wilma went from being crippled by polio to competing in the Olympics. One girl goes, "Wow, a miracle!" and another girl raised her hands and said, "Amazing grace!"
The Holy Spirit convicted me about noticing God's movement in all things, along with a gentle reminder of the verses from Mark 10 came to mind,
And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a  child shall not enter it." and he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. - Mark 10:13-16
In my own faith walk, I'm frequently tempted to overlook so many of God's rich blessings. I have heard the story of Wilma Rudolph plenty of times, but had never recognized or acknowledged the miracle and amazing grace bestowed up her life.

It took two little girls that I know only a single glimpse into their story, to remind me of the awe and wonder as part of a child's faith. Their sweet innocence allowing them the beautiful gift of seeing God's movement even in the most simple moments.

Sometimes words fall into Christian lingo and tragically lose the depth of meaning. I am completely guilty of using the phrase "childlike faith" without really grasping the significance of what that really would look like to live in such a way on a daily basis. Yet God is faithful in reminding me that even the things I believe to be stale or worn out hold profound truth. Children see the world starkly different than adults - their perspective is not jaded and cynical by times of misfortune.

My prayer today is that you would experience the awe and wonder of God and see His movement and work even in the most simple moments. May You encounter God in ways that lead you to say, "Its a miracle" and, "Amazing grace!"

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