I giggled to myself as I volunteered in the children’s ministry. Four-year-old Taylor tilted the small glass bottle back-and-forth and exclaimed, “I like your magic bean necklace.” She didn’t know the small bottle on a chain around my neck contained a small mustard seed and she couldn’t read the small metal tag on the necklace that read ‘Faith’. My friend had gifted me with this beautiful treasure as a symbol of faith that the Lord talks about in the Bible.
“If you have faith like a mustard seed, you can say to the Mulberry tree be uprooted and planted into the sea and it would obey you.”
I placed the necklace around Taylor’s neck to wear for the rest of the service as she exclaimed matter-of-factly, “Put this on my Christmas list.”
Many times I stand in awe as the children dance around the stage during worship with their colorful worship bands fluttering about. I notice how they freely twirl with delight. I’m overwhelmed with their childlike faith. It reminds me that they don’t need prompting or instruction to worship. It’s innate and it’s a pure desire to come before the Lord with expectancy and fearless faith. They exhibit glee and freedom as they sing and dance.
That Sunday morning I shared with Taylor about the time I found my pair of lost contacts in a public pool in Palm Desert. I prayed in faith to find them knowing that the Lord knew exactly where they would be (even though I knew it would be like a needle in a haystack). However, God knows and sees all. Taylor nodded as she handed me back the necklace and grinned as she said, “I’d like to plant this mustard seed and grow a lemon tree.” Well (I thought), Taylor surely you do understand faith!
In Hebrews 11:1 it states, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Did you know Faith pleases God? Later in chapter six it states,”Without faith it is impossible to please him for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
As we start a new year, I challenge you to be more childlike and exercise your faith. Trust God; for he is trustworthy and his love for his children is limitless! God cares about all the details of our lives. With this kind of faith you will move mountains. You’ll find you’ll be living a fuller life by living with expectancy and like Taylor, you will have a lot more glee too!