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.
That Kind of FaithApr 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
“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?