Become as Little Children

I remember when I was young, like 6 or 7.  I would look up at a tall tree line separating our front yard from our neighbor's yard.  Well, for me it separated my front yard from everything on that side of town and the rest of the sky.  Stretching my neck to look up, I would see those familiar California crows flying and flapping amongst the tree tops, and I would think, "Those are God's trees."  Nobody owned those trees, even if they were on my neighbor's property.  Additionally, I saw how free the birds were, flying all about, and I would think, "Those are God's birds."  And, maybe with just a trickle from heaven, I experienced the presence of the Lord - although I did not recognize Him then.  A couple of years later I climbed those trees and proved the law of gravity a time or two, very aware of my inability to fly.  And my inability to claim those trees as mine.

We moved away from that large home with the huge neighboring trees into a smaller home on a quiet cul-de-sac with a very small front yard.  Years later, upon returning to my childhood home, you know, it was still a big house but the trees didn't look so tall anymore - funny how that happens, there's a lot of tree lines between homes.  My life had become much more confusing, not easily enamored by simple things of nature.  Actually, I drifted into dangerous habits, with immense internal struggle - but that's another story.  At 17, my struggles brought me to sitting in a church again.  Well, against my will.  My good friend Rob had become 'a born-again' and out of duty over friendship and loyalty, I said yes to visiting his church with him.  But, guess who showed up?  Jesus.  And He was hiding in a message, the message of the Gospel. I had heard it all before, but this time I saw my great need for His mercy, and through just a trickle of faith, the Lord revealed Himself to me.

I responded to Him, knowing that if I denied Him at that time I would have been denying the One True and Living God.  In that very moment there was an awareness of Him.  His presence.  I thought, "Oh, it's You!  The One that owns those trees and those birds!"  All the trees, all the birds, and now me.  I remembered His presence in those younger years, but for the first time I knew His name.  He had introduced Himself to me over all the years of my life, and I was finally responding.

The Lord said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." Matt.18:3  Converted means awakening into new life by being spiritually born again.  That life starts by us submitting to Him as our Lord and Savior, and as we do that Jesus faithfully saves us and transforms us into His image - one who is as dependent upon the Heavenly Father as a small child.

I guess that's it.  I've been as a little child to Him ever since.  I need Him, am dependent upon Him, and am learning to be humble before Him.

By the way, He's a really good Dad!

 

Pastor Chris

 

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Comments 1

Guest - Kathy and Larry Dunne on Thursday, 01 June 2017 23:41

Chris, Wonderful to read this!! It was just after you were saved that we reconnected as Christians after our Jr. High years together. It was late in our senior year 1982, just before you met Mary. As friends, we had a great time going to Grad Night at Disney, and I'm pretty sure we also went to a Calvary Chapel C.M. Sunday night service and with other youth, as I went with various friends off and on at that time. I remember being so excited to know another school-mate who had truly given their life to Christ, as it was rare back then. Rob is a dear friend and fellow schoolmate, and we went to a few church services together with many spiritual talks at different times over a 3-year period after graduation. Recently, he told me via FB message that he was instrumental in your conversion - I knew you were friends, but never knew that! That was really a joy to hear. He shared how he feels almost a part of what you are doing for Christ now, and that is understandable. Praise God indeed! It always amazes me the paths the we cross with others - as time goes on, you can nearly see the dots connecting more and more. He has a divine plan, and in it is specific to His people and His Word - the 2 things that will never pass away and live forever - All Glory to our Savior!? ?
It has been an absolute Blessing to reconnect with you the past couple years and know about Mary, the Church, and your journey. We are beyond thrilled to be newly appointed Missionaries with Calvary Chapel River Fellowship! Getting to know each other's journeys over the past 30+ years has been truly our joy and pleasure. We could never know that it would bring us to this point of partnering together in Ministry, but of course, God knew! Again, so amazing. We are excited to share our Evangelism & Church-Planting Ministry in Ireland and to work with CCRF. A good portion of our work in the Summer months is hosting Summer Teams, so who knows, maybe we could have a CCRF Team someday. We are certainly looking forward to staying well-connected. So enjoyed reading your blogging and surfing the CCRF website - God is at work here! Take Care, brother, and we will be in touch .. All Our Love, ♥Larry, Kathy and Family?

Chris, Wonderful to read this!! It was just after you were saved that we reconnected as Christians after our Jr. High years together. It was late in our senior year 1982, just before you met Mary. As friends, we had a great time going to Grad Night at Disney, and I'm pretty sure we also went to a Calvary Chapel C.M. Sunday night service and with other youth, as I went with various friends off and on at that time. I remember being so excited to know another school-mate who had truly given their life to Christ, as it was rare back then. Rob is a dear friend and fellow schoolmate, and we went to a few church services together with many spiritual talks at different times over a 3-year period after graduation. Recently, he told me via FB message that he was instrumental in your conversion - I knew you were friends, but never knew that! That was really a joy to hear. He shared how he feels almost a part of what you are doing for Christ now, and that is understandable. Praise God indeed! It always amazes me the paths the we cross with others - as time goes on, you can nearly see the dots connecting more and more. He has a divine plan, and in it is specific to His people and His Word - the 2 things that will never pass away and live forever - All Glory to our Savior!:D? ? It has been an absolute Blessing to reconnect with you the past couple years and know about Mary, the Church, and your journey. We are beyond thrilled to be newly appointed Missionaries with Calvary Chapel River Fellowship! Getting to know each other's journeys over the past 30+ years has been truly our joy and pleasure. We could never know that it would bring us to this point of partnering together in Ministry, but of course, God knew! Again, so amazing. We are excited to share our Evangelism & Church-Planting Ministry in Ireland and to work with CCRF. A good portion of our work in the Summer months is hosting Summer Teams, so who knows, maybe we could have a CCRF Team someday.;) We are certainly looking forward to staying well-connected. So enjoyed reading your blogging and surfing the CCRF website - God is at work here! Take Care, brother, and we will be in touch .. All Our Love, ♥Larry, Kathy and Family?
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