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A Child Will Lead Them
“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” Isaiah 11:6
My granddaughter is only a toddler but she has the personality of a little girl much older; the expressions on her little face are without comparison. This precious little girl can let you know what she wants or doesn’t want, likes or doesn’t like, needs and doesn’t need. When she sees someone she adores, like her Daddy, (my son), her smile fills the room while she (literally) jumps for joy! I will never understand how someone can be around a happy baby and not laugh or, at least, smile. A baby emotes joy and peace; don’t you agree?
Isaiah’s passage above has long been believed to be prophetic of the Millennium; the 1000 year period during which the world will be governed by Jesus Christ, a time of total peace. I agree that the actual fulfillment could come during this future period but I also read this passage with a different twist. (I laughed, while doing my research, when one commentator said God could change the appetites of animals at any time. I wonder if He would change mine from chocolate based to lettuce based.) Instead, I see the charismatic beauty of a child, or one with the characteristics of a child, reflecting peace to all around them.
Jesus told Nicodemus, in the gospel of John, that to become His disciple he must be born again. We all know that this is physically impossible and I can imagine no reason for God needing to perform such a physical miracle but isn’t being “born again” being willing to take on the emotional characteristics of a child? In the past, I’ve thought about how difficult total trust and total faith is for a mature adult. However, it’s exactly how I believe I need to love the Father. Emotionally and spiritually, I need to get rid of the “junk” that I have picked up along with my maturity. The appetites I’ve developed for sin are abandoned completely in a new birth. Established prejudices, strongholds, and behavioral issues are surrendered to God so He can reveal the truth.
Is there a beautiful child of God living in me; ready to greet the world with a captivating smile, an uncompromised love, a belief in the goodness of my Christian sisters and brothers? Does the Father’s joy that radiates from me encourage others toward peace and faith? Is there enough forgiveness and acceptance reflected through the Holy Spirit in me that others see inner strength and comfort? If not, do I believe that there can be????
Precious Lord, I want to be an empty vessel; free of the evil, pain, and hurt I have already experienced. Clean me of the “junk” that is buried in me so I reflect You and radiate the spirit of Your peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen
About the Author: Eleanor Gale lives in southern New Jersey. The eldest of six children from a close Christian family (41 & 2 on the way; 4 generations / country wide), her two children, their spouses and her two grandchildren are her greatest joys in life. Although she suffers from Chronic Lyme Disease, IBS, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes – she serves God as He calls her, where He calls her, when He calls her – all in His power and strength. @ 3/05 Eleanor Gale dma A Sister’s Hugs; ChIPS
Visit her website at http://home.comcast.net/~sistershugs.