Jesus on the Beach

The spirit of God is moving mightily among the children in this season. I believe a big part of the reason for this is that we have been told by Jesus  in Matthew 18:3

  And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

There is something untarnished and innocent in children. Their childlike wonder as they move through this world is something adults should aspire to regain.

I saw this first hand on our beach vacation this past week. We had Aubree (age 7) with us for a night and she wanted to simply walk on the beach. I love simple plans because it leaves room for God to move within them.

As we walked, Aubree stopped to pick up a seagull feather and she called it a “quill” and she started drawing in the sand with it. She started drawing a treasure map with an “X” at the end. She told me that we had to follow it to get to the treasure. As we walked through imaginary forests and swamps we finally came to a treasure which was a broken seashell. Then right next to it she started drawing hearts and a cross.

After finding this treasure I said that maybe we should leave a message for people who would be walking along the beach. I suggested maybe “You are loved”, but Aubree had other plans.  She started writing  “Jesus is amazing” and then moved on to “He is the only God.”

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I stood there with tears in my eyes. She is truly a breath of fresh non religious air. Trust me this little girl has such a strong divine spark in her that has been there from the beginning. This is the same little girl who when she was four would want to pray for all the young adults in our small group and she would twirl around us in worship dance. This is the same little girl who at age five wanted to pray for the adults in the sanctuary before she went off to children’s church. This little girl loves to take our Ipads and do preaching videos and who made a video while we were at the beach about how nothing can get Jesus out of our hearts!

She also inspires me. When she encountered a bully on her school bus last year, Aubree told me…”She just doesn’t know who she is, the enemy has convinced her that she is a mean girl, but that’s not really who she is.” This Godly wisdom challenged me and quite frankly blew me away!

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My point in this blog post is not to brag but to praise our God because it’s ALL Him!! Aubree has been taught from the very beginning of her life that she does not have a junior sized Holy Spirit in her and that she carries the same authority as adults do in the spirit! God has made her bold for Him from the very beginning. The most powerful moments with her are the ones He initiates that catch me off guard…in wonder!

I believe she represents what God is doing in children all over the globe! He is speaking directly to them and leading them with His heart!

Let’s nurture it and protect it! He is raising up the pure ones and children have an abundance of purity and innocence so let’s see it as the treasure that it is and not rush them to grow up and trade their Godly wisdom for the wisdom of the world. God wants to use the children to inspire us to go back and regain something that we’ve lost. Let’s fan their flame!!!

The things we have lost could be our purity, innocence, trust, faith, belief, kindness, wonder, humility, or even just the viewpoint that the world is beautiful and thinking the best of people. These things can be restored! You can maintain the wisdom you have gained through life without needing to maintain a hardened heart. Ask Him to do it!

We have much to learn from children and the childlike. Don’t discredit them when you encounter them. His spirit is alive and well and on the move in the children. He tends to use the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.

Some of these kids have walked through darkness and it’s because of that they recognize the light in all His brilliance! These are not sheltered kids who have not experienced pain. These are the kids who have walked through it and still believe in gentleness and kindness.

I believe we are seeing a rise of those (children and adults) who know how to be wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove (Matthew 10:16). It an interesting mix of street smart and wonder! It’s part of their DNA!