My seven year old son teaches me things all the time. I’ve been thinking about one thing he taught me last week.
I was driving into town and the radio was on. I was only half listening to what was being said but Sean was really listening. As soon as the lady was done talking, he asked me this question.
“Mom, why is it that the children in Japan are needing so much help.”
Apparently, the radio commercial was talking about the recent events in Japan and how desperately the kids need help. Like I said, I had tuned out and hadn’t been listening and had only caught the tail end of the commercial.
I told him that it was because of the earthquake and the tsunami (we had already discussed this).
“Yes, I know Mom…but why is it the children (specifically) who need help?”
I explained to him that most likely many had been left without a home to live in. And that maybe some had even been left without a parent or both their parents. After hearing my explanation, Sean asked me what people could do to help them.
I told him that many people were already doing things. Doctors and nurses are helping to take care of the injured. Construction workers and volunteers are going to help with cleanup and rebuilding. People are sending money to help too. And, the last thing I said to him was this. Another great way people can help is to pray for them.
As soon as I said this, Sean spoke up.
“I’m going to do that right now,” he said.
I watched him in my rear view mirror. He bowed his head and for over a minute he was silent.
I love him! And, I also love HIM…the one who gave me such a beautiful little boy!
Sean taught me something at that moment. He taught me more about what it means to be obedient. His response reminded me of all the times in the bible we see people deciding, out of faith, to respond to Jesus without pause.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:19-20)
Jesus called them,and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.(Matthew 4:22)
Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. (Matthew 20:34)
We delay. We question. We argue.
I wonder if one day the Lord might reveal to us the impact of one little prayer that was prayed for people who lived 7000 miles away from us. One little prayer from a little child in the backseat of his car who was simply being obedient.
Dear Lord, today, I desire that kind of faith…that kind of obedience!