Weekend Reflections: Faith of a Child on 11.14.10

Our God Reigns – Matt Lundgren
Holy is the Lord – Chris Tomlin
This is My Father’s World – M. Babcock, F. Sheppard
Let it Rise – Holland Davis

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”  (Psalm 28:7)

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God.”  (1 John 3:1)

The crux of the first half of our service came from a personal story Paul JVR shared with me, Holly and Blaine at Willow a couple weeks ago.  Paul was downtown getting passports, and had his sweet daughter Yane with him.  In the rush of the noon hour, people were running around, heads down on their phones, grabbing lunches so they could eat fast and get back to work.  In the busyness, Yane asked her dad if they could go across the street to the park and play.  Paul said yes, and when they got over to the park, she asked if she could take her shoes off. Paul said yes, and immediately she ran over to the first big puddle she could find. Yane danced, twirled, and laughed in the joy of this found playtime.  Here’s the picture…

Slowly one by one the business people sitting on the park benches put down their sandwiches, dropped their phones into their laps and gazed in wonder at this child’s joy.  A person leaned over to Paul and said, “when did we lose this?”

Do you remember when you starting losing the joy and delight of a child?   When was this?

Now, what are moments in life when you recapture this joy? Much like Paul’s story, what is the proverbial phone or sandwich you may need to put down, to recapture the joy in being a child of God?

We all need to explore this, don’t we?  May we pause in the busyness of life and feel His joy, love and delight as we live freely.

Dance. Run. Leap. Smile. Laugh. Play. Delight.


Posted by Aaron Niequist on 11.19.10 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

4 Responses to “Weekend Reflections: Faith of a Child on 11.14.10”

  1. I’m autistic and I get the same thing from animals and nature (it’s next to impossible for me to be around children for any length of time due to the noise and commotion they make).

    For a church as amazing as Willow it makes me so horribly sad that it’s so focused on people and doesn’t discuss anywhere near enough the responsibility we have to the rest of God’s magnificent Creation: Respecting and caring for nature and our wonderful animal friends.

    Posted by Sara on 12/13/09 November 20th, 2010 at 2:22 am

  2. It’s 3:30 am. I’ve been awake for more than an hour. I own a God honoring company with 35 employees. The recession is hitting us hard. We’re out of work. We haven’t laid off anyone. Instead we’ve asked them to cut their hours as much as they can. Find ways to make do with less.
    I see the pain they’re in. As their leader, their pain hurts me. Lord, what is my role in all this? We’re facing Christmas and winter. I keep thinking about their families. Maybe someone out there is looking for us to work for them. Right now the horizon looks blank.
    Sing. Dance. Play. I must gather strength to trust You. You always came through in the past.
    Thanks Becky for writing this.

    Posted by Phillip Cohen on 12/13/09 November 20th, 2010 at 9:46 am

  3. What a such nice reflection Becky, this world is running around the clock and most of times we are losing the small things that God created… It is a shame! But I believe we can still change it and to come back to the first love… may God bless your life and ministry!

    Posted by André Silvestre on 12/13/09 November 20th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  4. My significant other invited me and a very serious scholar to experience “Faith of a Child”. I held my breath that my car would survive the drive from our town to WILLOW, and that there would be enough money left until payday after filling up with gas. Little did anyone know how fearful I was and how many times I had cried in secrecy, “God, please help me find my way back to the child-like confidence I had before the hardships of the past year hit me…I want to bless you by my soul’s sound of rejoicing, my heart’s laughter in your presence. Please help me sing again.”

    My worries subsided as Paul’s story unfolded and we sang songs that I hadn’t heard in over 15 years; songs that had inspired me to trust God during a very dark time in the 80s and 90s. I knew that God was feeling my hurts and
    coming my way to lead me back to joy and hope.

    And He did…through Paul’s story, through the picture of his child, through the singing, and then the message.

    I left WILLOW with renewed strength to face the difficulties at home with a new song in my heart, and dancing in the face of darkness.

    Thank you so much!

    Posted by Liz M on 12/13/09 November 29th, 2010 at 12:21 am

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