I’ve learned a lot from teaching in children’s ministry. First of all, children learn through repetition. Often times, a specific theme would be taught for several weeks. On several occasions throughout the lesson there would be an opportunity for the children to repeat the theme. Say it loudly, sing it, color it, play a game or make a craft –all centered around the theme. Not to forget all of the examples from God’s Word that support the virtue we were trying to teach. Being a part of children’s ministry is a wonderful place for new believers who want to learn on a fast track God’s promises and truth for one’s life. It could also be refreshing to a mature Christian to be reminded of the simple truths that are able to solve our big problems. We probably would benefit from the repeated lessons.
Recently, I found myself in a place where my life felt under pressure. I felt a struggle in every direction. I was reminded of this simple truth: “I can trust God no matter what.” That statement is easily digested when things are going well but can I trust God when my life seems to be falling apart? I found myself having to repeat that truth in order to remind myself that it didn’t matter what my life looked like in the present moment, God can be trusted. God hasn’t failed me yet, so why would He start now? It is in these times where my faith is challenged. I realized my problems were bigger than I could handle on my own. Would I trust and obey God even when I felt He wasn’t moving in the situations in my life? Could I trust God with my deepest fears? Am I willing to trust God for my marriage, my children and other relationships in my life? What about my finances?
In a precious moment, God gave me the perfect picture of how exactly He wanted me to rest in Him. I was holding a sleeping baby on my chest. Lost in his deep breathing and the peaceful state of rest, there was not a care in his world. God whispered to me, “I want you to rest like this. Deep breaths, unconcerned about whether or not you are being taken care of. I am holding you now.”
God is faithful and He doesn’t want us to be worried about how He is going to show up in our mess. He is ever present and always able to see more than we can. He knows what is best and He can handle it.
“We’ve come this far by faith
Leaning on the Lord
Trusting in his Holy Word
He never failed me yet
Oh’ can’t turn around
We’ve come this far by faith…”
Chorus lyrics – We’ve Come This Far By Faith