That Kind of Faith

Apr 25
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Luke 7:9 NIV

The backyard is a great place for adventure.  And if there is an adventure to be found, Colin will find it.  This week he was in full Jedi costume (Obi-Wan hooded cape, matching brown pants that happen to belong to the Peter Pan costume, long sleeve white t-shirt, black boots, light saber – just so you have a visual).  As I was cooking dinner, he blasts in the back door red faced and happy.  

“Mama, this is so cool.  You want to know what I did?”  In this moment I pause, because I’m not actually sure if I want to know what he did even though I may need to know.  After a few seconds of debate in my head, I cautiously ask, “What?”  Colin proceeds to tell me that he took one of the scrap 2×4’s in the back yard and stretched it from the Little Tykes fort to the Little Tykes playhouse (these things being about 4 1/2 feet off of the ground and about five feet apart from each other).  Then he told me that he, with great skill and dexterity, crawled across the aforementioned precariously placed scrap of wood from the fort to the top of the playhouse.
The top of the playhouse is not flat and the wood could have easily slid right off of the plastic roof onto the ground with one six-year-old Jedi falling behind it.  “Colin, that was not safe!  You should not have done that.  You could have gotten hurt.”
“Nu-uh, Mama.  When I crawled across it I just said, ‘God is with me, God is with me’ until I got to the other side.”
My son believed whole-heartedly that if God was with him that nothing bad could happen.  I quickly told him that God was with him, but He also gave him a brain to think with, and that brain should have told him crawling on the board wasn’t a good idea.
Later I got to thinking about what Colin said.  God is with me. God is with me.  He had complete faith in God.  That is some kind of faith.  That is the kind of faith with which I would like to face each day.  I’m not going to do any tight-rope walking between the neighbor’s house and mine, but I would like to walk with the confidence of the six-year-old Jedi, wise beyond his years, and chant, “God is with me, God is with me.”  Wouldn’t you?

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  • Cheri Apr 25 at 3:57 pm

    You have no idea how much I would love to be able to do that.

  • Kim Apr 25 at 4:09 pm

    What a great reminder that God is with me……even if my tight rope some days is putting one foot in front of the other.

    Bless your sweet heart today.


  • kmom3 Apr 25 at 5:00 pm

    The faith of a child. So sweet.

    I am glad your young jedi came away from his adventure unharmed. 🙂
    (I am actually wearing my Star Wars t-shirt as I type this.) 🙂

    Blessings, sweet Carol! May we all hold tightly onto the knowledge that God is with us.

  • Starla Apr 25 at 6:17 pm

    Great post, I loved it.

  • Linda Apr 25 at 10:40 pm

    Well. That’s the sweetest thing I’ve read all week. I know your heart must’ve knotted up with thankfulness that he didn’t get hurt but also with joy that his thoughts are really toward the Lord. It shows that God plays a major part in his thinking. The seeds are being sown deeply–praise God!

  • Sita Henderson Apr 25 at 10:54 pm

    Do great minds think alike or what? Just kidding…check out my last post…ahh..the beauty of childlikeness! Be blessed, Carol.
    Love, Sita

  • Jenifer Apr 26 at 4:12 am

    I have fire breathing dragons at my house who are going to climb to the tops of the tallest trees and jump to see if they can fly. I informed my no fearing 5 year old son that this adventure probably would not be a very fun one seeing as how little boys cannot fly. His response, “I know boys can’t fly mom, but fire breathing dragons can and I’m a fire breathing dragon.” I don’t remember birthing a fire breathing dragon~ who knew!?!

    With God by our side, we can do the impossible! Thanks for sharing this. Go in peace young jedi! May the force (and protection) of the Lord be with you!


  • Amy Wyatt Apr 26 at 6:14 pm

    Oh Colin… You and Spencer together will be a “force” to be reckoned with! Kind of like your mama’s 🙂

  • Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) Apr 27 at 2:04 am

    That is great! Love it…

    Chad will love this….of course, he would rather be in the backyard playing Jedi with Colin!

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