“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'” Matthew 19:14
In a fragment of life, pregnant with pain, I caught a glimpse of unadulterated faith in the naïve prayer of my youngest child. Her prayer came out of place of raw sorrow. I had already spent many hours face first in prayer, on the floor sucking carpet fibers, while blowing snot bubbles, in between weeping gasps when I heard her prayer.
Her prayers were for her brother as the world’s consequences rippled through our family in waves. No one was immune to the desperation of this time. I walked through the park with my two daughters and I tried to explain issues above their age levels. In the end I explained that all they could do was pray for their brother and love on him.
My youngest stopped immediately and lead us in prayer. As she prayed my broken heart wept. I knew her prayer would literally take a miracle. God not only heard her prayer, but outside of the reach of our influence answered it. When we discovered that her outrageous prayers had been answered, she squealed in delight, “I took part in a miracle!”
As a witness to her expectant prayers poured out to God I caught a glimpse into the hope our future holds. Our future is now; they are here, walking among us. With every day that breaks our future sets and theirs rises.
In this very moment we stand in the presence of our future. They fill our classrooms, wearing the evidence of snack time on their faces.
Our future is those yet unborn, however already planned by God. Our future is just hearing “Jesus Loves Me” for the very first time. They are singing, dancing and praising Jesus. Our future is being taught by the world what it means to be cool. They have reached their awkward teenage years. They are taking their first college course, working their first job, falling in love, suffering broken hearts and learning to drive. They just got engaged, married and are having the next generation. The future is young, hopeful and impressionable.
What is God calling you to do for our future now? Prayerfully consider what God is calling you to do in the shepherding of our future.