No matter who you are–how strong, how ‘tough’, etc.–it melts your heart.
Why would the act of watching a baby take steps–wobbly, unsure, few in number–seem like such a ‘magical’ thing?
I think it’s because the innocence of that baby–the newness of what they are learning–is so pure, so simple, so ‘natural’, that it reminds us of the pure simplicity of natural growth. Growth is wonderful to see!
Not long ago I had the experience of having a discussion while sitting around a campfire with my kids. In the middle of that conversation, it struck me (again): These kids are not ‘little kids’ anymore! They are young adults with lots of intelligence and deep, meaningful points to make! There, in the midst of that conversation I silently thanked the Lord (again) for blessing me with young men and women who are growing and changing, and following Him throughout their lives.
When you see ‘growth’ in your kids–no matter their age–it is a great moment!
I think God has that same feeling–but in a still more ‘pure and holy’ sense–when He sees His children taking steps of growth and faith.
Last Sunday @ KCC, we had a service that must have brought lots of ‘smiles’ to the Heavenly Father’s ‘face’. We had almost 15 people get baptized, each giving their testimony of faith, the grace of God, and their desire to follow Him in all of their lives.
Many others wrote things they were thankful for on cards and brought them to the front: Answered prayer, God’s grace and faithfulness; Blessings of family, church, etc.
Accompanied by the opportunity to sing songs of praise and worship, it was a great service!
Yet, I am sure that the Lord would like to ‘cheer on’ the growth of His children every day–not just at an occasional church service!
Jeff brought up a great Psalm–Psalm 34 (NASB)
“I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
3 O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.”
The Psalmist then goes on to say Why he will ‘bless the Lord’:
Deliverance from fears (v. 4)
Elevation of spirit (5)
Salvation from troubles (6)
He encourages others: “Taste and see that the Lord is good! How blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him!” (8)
Jeff encouraged us to remember that we need to ‘bless the Lord…at all times!’
It is contagious!
As we do so–if genuine– we will also bring a ‘smile’ to God’s face.
…and we just might grow in the process!