Once upon a time, there lived a little boy who had visions of grandeur and dreams beyond imagination. As he grew, he believed he could walk on sticks and not one would make a sound. He could walk in the sand without leaving a footprint.
His friends did heroic things, so the boy thought, he could too. When the trees swayed to and fro, he believed God was walking in the tree tops. So why not he? With his bare hands, Samson killed a lion. So why, couldn’t the boy grab a lion by the beard and wrestle him to the ground? The greatest earthly King of all, King David, ruled justly and serving his heavenly King. From a lowly shepherd boy did David arise. The imaginative boy thought, “Why not me?” Solomon was the richest of all and the boy said, “I pray God favors me.” Micah foretold the place of Jesus birth, Bethlehem. The boy so wanted to see into the future. Peter preached and one day baptized 3,000. “If only I could do that!” thought the boy. Jesus came to save them all, but those He came to save knew Him not, so they killed Him. The boy thought and thought and then admitted, “I can’t do that.”
Visualizing Jesus on the cross, barely recognizable as a man, a sudden dose of growing up hit the boy. In a moment, he knew he couldn’t be anything or anyone but himself.
After looking around at all his heroes, the boy, now a man, put away his visions of youth and now simply asks, “What can I do to bring about God’s Kingdom here on earth?” Not wanting to leave his boyhood behind, the man says, “I can do all those things my heroes did. They were mighty men of God and every one of them pointed to Jesus.”
So, here I am pointing you toward Jesus….can you see Him?
Trying not to grow up…..
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.