We were waiting for worship to begin. Four-year-old Kinsey and I sat behind her elder sister who was about to sing for the congregation. Kinsey was fiddling with the papers in her mother’s bookbag. She pulled out two papers she’d gotten in Sunday School. She stuffed the construction paper craft of day and night back into her mother’s carrier, then handed me the home-circular she had received in class that morning.
“Read it, Grama! Read it to me,” she whispered. The paper had two pictures, one of the moon and stars and one of the sun and butterflies. I began to read:
“God made light!!!” Kinsey interrupted.
“Yes, that’s right;” I chuckled and affirmed. Then I started over, “But before God made light, there was…”
“NOTHING!!” Kinsey eagerly interrupted again, “…nothing but darkness!”
I realized then and there that Kinsey knew exactly what she’d learned that morning in Sunday School. She certainly didn’t need a refresher course from me. She may not be able to read her paper, but she sure knew what it said. Her eagerness and desire to tell me what it said was precious. Children are like that. When they learn something new, they immediately want to share it. As I think of Kinsey’s enthusiasm, I consider how some people think that Sunday School and children’s classes are nothing but fun and games, puzzles, crafts and crayons. I witnessed a 4-year-old child grasp the greatest principle of the Bible–God is. She learned “In beginning God created.” She understood and believed that God wiped out darkness by adding light. His Light. Such is the way it is for us.
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8
Before God began His work in our hearts, we were darkness, then He came into us and made us light in the Lord. When Paul wrote this verse, he was speaking to adults, not children. Yet he told us to “live as children of light”, to walk in the ways of Christ. So often adults filter what they know about God through a sieve of political and ethical correctness. We tend to over-think, and speculate what others will think of us if we tell them Jesus loves them. We get caught up in offending someone by asking them to join us at church. Sometimes we just know too much for our own good. We know how most people react when we talk about faith or religion; we brace ourselves for their rebuffs. We get intimidated–not so much by others–but by our own insecurities and fear of rejection. It’s no wonder the Lord tells us to become as little children…so trusting, so full of belief.
PRAYER: LORD, remind us of the darkness we once lived with and the glory of Your light. Let us be the lamp for Your light of love. Let us be the candle for the world. Let us become as children and so walk with enthusiasm and expectation of Your presence and power that we release Your light with all we do and say.