Become Like Children to Enter the Kingdom of God
Today I showed up to teach twenty-four 3rd graders and I ended up being the student, all day long. As I shared my experience of God’s faithfulness to a group of eager faith-filled listeners the doors blew open to vulnerability and in walked the simple reality that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses in the heavenly realms. Somewhere along the way we were told that our “imaginary friends” were not real and our ability to see the invisible was lost in the midst of disbelief. I spent the entire day encouraging these little spirit whisperers to stand firm in the gift that they have to witness to the activity of the spiritual world. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you believe you can or you can’t you are right.” As Jesus said, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can say to this mountain move and it will move.” Have you ever contemplated why Jesus could not perform any miracles in his home town? Because no one believed that he could. Jesus would often ask those people who sought out healing: “what is it that you want me to do for you?” AND after the miracle took place he would say, “Your faith has made you well.”
After sharing my out of body experiences that took place during the 2 years of treatment for stage three breast cancer, the veil was lifted and witnesses to the heavenly realms stepped forth. A sweet little girl with big brown eyes said, “How come I can see lights around people, around their whole bodies? I can see a white light around you now, all around you.” Instantly I knew I was standing on sacred ground. “Tell me more about what this looks like?” I eagerly said. Instantly I became the student eager to learn from these children who still remember that they are first and foremost spiritual beings having a physical experience. The little sage responded, “I see this light around some people, not everyone, but some and you have a white light all around you, it’s like when you see the lines in a coloring book and the lights go all around the outside of the lines. I can also use my imagination to make things happen. If I just imagine something and really think about it, then it happens,” she said with full assurance of her ability. The most wonderful observation in this moment was how her peers where in full acceptance of her vulnerability, because they too believed in their ability to see, hear and respond to the spiritual world. As her classmates gave her an accepting environment she didn’t weigh her thoughts as she shared her experiences. These children were obviously still young enough not to get lost in the drug of approval, worrying about what other people would think. As a result they spoke their truth in love and confidence without seeking approval or recognition, it was what it was, no need for feedback. I asked her to give me an example of making things happen with her imagination to which she quickly replied with, “I have a picture in my house. Sometimes I will sit and look at the picture and imagine different things happening in the picture and then it changes to what I imagine. My Mom will see it and say, ‘what happened to my picture?”
Have you ever contemplated when Jesus shared that we would be able to do the things he did and more? What is holding us back? Amnesia…we forgot who we are and our God given potential to walk on top of water and move mountains.
Dear God, guide me back to remembering who I am as connected to you. Grant me the ability once again to see the spiritual world that surrounds me. Connect me once again to my expansive ability to create beauty in this world. I forgot how and I want to remember. Give me eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to respond as these little children do to the sacred wonderment found in life. I got lost on the way as I farmed out my sense of identity to the world around me and I want to be found.
Here are a few more testimonies that came from the mouths of babes:
“I see people’s Guardian Angels behind them. I see mine too but he is behind me. One time I saw an arm come out from behind me pointing in the direction of a boy who fell and I heard in my ear, ‘go help him’ I was scared because I thought other people could see the arm and my angel, but they couldn’t, only I could see him. I went over and helped the little boy and looked over my shoulder and my Guardian Angel smiled and winked at me. The angel’s are blue and bright, sometimes I can’t see his nose because he is so bright. I can look around and see other people’s angels around them. I see some right now in this room.”– 3rd Grade Boy
“One time I was praying in front of a cross that had Jesus on it, I closed my eyes and when I opened them Jesus was off the cross and he was standing behind me. He was bright and speaking to me in a different language, he smiled at me and did an OK sign and pointed at me. I knew he loved me.” — 3rd Grade Boy
“At times I can see footprints in front of me, they look so clear. Little foot prints in front of my face I think I could touch them. I follow them and sometimes I see Jesus walking in front of me.” — 3rd Grade Girl
“Can you keep talking about God the way you do, it feels good inside.” — 3rd Grade Girl
“I can hear God talk to me and I know it’s Him.” — 3rd Grade Boy
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Jesus, John 14:12