Goshen News, Goshen, IN


March 11, 2013

RHONDA SCHROCK: Although grown, we can still have the faith of a child


These were precious days, precious times. Here in kindergarten, a story in which pigs talked and hand lettered signs for the farmer was perfectly credible and eagerly received. Here, every Crayola was packed with promise, and Robin Hood was real.

In kindergarten, a fellow could lark off to school, clad in small, green tights; a woodland shirt; and a jaunty hat with a bright orange feather, and fit right in. He could spend an entire day like that, surrounded by classmates in costumes, and count it a highlight of his school career. Then, when a big brother stopped by at noon, he could munch lunch with his sibling, still wearing his green tights, unaware of what a blessing he was. Or, for that matter, how much he was blessed.

Perhaps, I thought, we should all be 6 for a day. Six, before the cares of life set in. Six, and secure in who you were and where you belonged. To be 6 with no fear of the future and simple joy in the present.

Today, I’m thinking of those faces, minds eager to learn, hearts largely untouched by disappointment and pain. Thinking, too, of that kindergarten room where life, basic and plain, is taught day by day. A, B, C and 1, 2, 3. Clean up your stuff. Put the colors away. Keep your hands to yourself. Share with your neighbor. Raise your hand, wait your turn and don’t run in the halls.

I remember, too, the words of Someone who was once 6 himself. Who took on flesh and bone. Who walked in our shoes. Who spoke this truth one day as he taught, “Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Sitting here, I recall the faith of my own 6-year-old son. Last spring, he bowed his head, closed his eyes and lisped the prayer that counts for sure. Having felt the knock, he threw wide the door to his heart and bade Him enter.

I remember the love for the Saviour that flooded his tiny frame. Love that drew pictures of the trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in green Crayola. Even now, a lump rises in my throat as I think of it. Proudly, he showed me his artwork, carefully naming each one. “This is Jesus. This is the Spirit, and this is God.” This, as he touched a pointer finger to a green, stick arm where I noted some extra scribbles.

He looked at me then with those clear, blue eyes, and he finished. “God has muscles,” he said.

Oh, my friends. In a complicated world, it’s truly that simple: Jesus loves. Jesus saves, and God, He has muscles.

Perhaps we cannot all be 6 for a day, but we can choose to have a 6-year-old’s faith. We can live 6-year-old love that waits our turn, shares our stuff and forgives other people. We can, even though we’re not 6.

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