Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Running with Nathanael

To Nathanael, at age 4, life was a party and the only complication to this plan was the maintenance and structure that the adults in his life insisted was necessary. You know, things like eating, sleeping and working. Why lay down if you can sit up? Why sit up if you can hop? Why hop if you can run?

While exploring a nature trail one sunny afternoon, I was reminding his mother that children need new things to think about, new things to love and new things to do. Nathanael piped his wisdom into the discussion at full volumn by quoting the scripture, “His mercies are new every morning.” He then began hopping on down the trail, completely carefree, singing, "It's a new day! It's a new day!"

With a life-size example of the energy simplicity can offer, I filled up with joy. Nathanael stopped his hopping and took my hand, looking up with big eyes of wonder and said, "Let's run a race!" The tug on my arm was all I needed to run carefree alongside of him.

God’s mercies are indeed new every morning. If that became the focus of our day, perhaps we also would be quick to sit up and take notice of the wonderful life around us. We would dance for joy just because we can. We would run the race with passion and zeal.

Oh, Father, give me a childlike faith! Don’t let me complicate what You have made to be simple. Your mercies are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness!

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