Christian / Reality Epiphany / The Mapps Quest

What I learned from Ethan

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.”

My son Ethan and I have committed to a new bible study every Wednesday morning.  The group is called BSF and it is a world wide study for women, with an awesome child’s ministry.  After only 2 weeks I have seen a change in my attitude towards studying, and E’s attitude towards sharing, and praying.

Last week a neighbor friend came over, and he and E started talking about God.  Ethan told him that God is always with us, even when we are scared.  When his friend went home, he told his mama, and then they went to purchase a ‘My First Bible’.  I was incredibly happy to learn this, and today, his family attended church with us.  I know that God works in many ways, and I am so in awe when He chooses to use a young life for His glory.

The thing that stuck with me about what Ethan had done, was how unafraid he was to share about God and Jesus.  There is so much I can learn from my son.  I believe this is why Jesus was very much involved with the children as part of His ministry on earth.  Jesus knows that children are naturally unassuming, and will speak their minds to anyone that will listen.  They have no fear that the person they are speaking to will reject them.  In fact, if that person does reject them, they just go find someone else to play with.  Oh how I pray that I could be that courageous!

The other day I was playing with E, and he asked me to roll him up into a burrito inside a blanket.  So I laid it out, and he lay on top with his body perfectly straight, and his arms at his sides.  I rolled him over and over until he was tightly wrapped inside the blanket, with only his head sticking out.  He thought it was hilarious that he couldn’t move his arms or legs, or even get out.  I thought it was amazing how much he trusts me.  I could have left him there, and he would be powerless to escape… but of course I didn’t… I had to do it over and over again, because he wanted to.. it was funny.

The kid inside the burrito got me thinking.  Our lives are like burritos (go with me here)… we get so wound up in what we are doing, and suddenly we are trapped, and barely able to move.  God is there, waiting for us to call out to him, to help us get out…. every time.  He doesn’t leave us.  He patiently waits for us to be done ‘having fun’ in our ways, and He gently rolls us out of our situations.

Sometimes it’s the other way around.  God is the one that rolls us into those situations, knowing that we will not be able to get out without Him… and waits for us to ask for help.  Something I am learning right now is that I want to be in those situations.  I want to call on God in every moment, because I want to know that He is right there with me through every trial, and every blessing.

There is something so powerful in knowing that God is with you.  Just as Ethan laughed when he was rolled up tightly, I to have laughed when trials have come.  I laugh because of the joy filling me inside by His Spirit… knowing and feeling Him with me.  During the Sounds of Hope Tour this past Friday, I found myself singing along, with my hands raised high, tears streaming down my cheeks, and a huge smile on my face.  I looked around at everyone praising His name, and started laughing in pure joy of just experiencing that moment.  I should have been taking pictures, but I was just overtaken with His love..and I couldn’t help it!

There are so many in my life that I pray can experience that feeling.  Over the past weeks I have been tested to lash out at an old friend who has called me out.  Instead of reacting in that moment, I waited, and prayed… and what a difference it has made.  Not for her, but for me… calm, and patience are slowly being learned.  I know that it is going to take the rest of my life to get that right, but I also know that with God, all things are possible.  I grieve inside for my friend, but I know that when God is ready for me to approach her, He will give me the right thing to say, and the right way to say it.  I just pray that God will keep her safe until that opportunity appears.

A couple Sunday’s ago we had a special 9-11 service, and there were some fire fighters and police that came to show their support.  During the service they were honored with a standing ovation.  After the service everyone went outside and got to get in the trucks, and speak with them.  Seth and Ethan spoke to this one fire fighter for almost 30 min.  Seth learned that he was a volunteer at the Wings Over Houston air show ever year.  Craig Salerno also volunteered, and was killed in the Reno airshow crash on Sept. 16th… just 5 days after my husband and son spoke with him.  It was the last time he stepped into God’s house, and we can only pray that he knew Jesus.  You never know when your time is coming… or the person you speak to in the store for that matter.  May we all be like Ethan, and speak freely what we believe.

Matthew 24: 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

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