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TRUST JESUS TODAY
Devotion for Moms, Faith, Answered prayer, Lack of Faith.
Faith of a Child
Today's Scripture: Acts 12:5-17
"So Peter was kept in prison, but the Church prayed to God for him" (vs.5 NIV)
One day at the park, my daughter ran ahead to play on a brightly painted train cart, stationed on a few feet of track. I caught up to find Lindsey hovered over a small, struggling sparrow, its head caught between the train's iron side bars.
Lindsey's anguish over the bird's plight was clear to see. I felt the hopelessness of our situation. It would take a miracle to free the bird, yet leaving it in its prison was not acceptable to my four-year-old daughter.
"Lindsey," I said, "we have to go now and leave the bird in God's hands." I mumbled something about how God's eye was on every falling sparrow. He would take care of the bird.
Lindsey's eyes filled with hopeful expectation at the mention of God's name:
"Mommy, we can pray that God will rescue the bird!"
I sensed the sparrow's strait had become a test of my trust in God's goodness. I confess, I did not believe God would answer Lindsey's prayer to rescue the bird. What interest would God have in rescuing a bird at the request of a little girl? In the great scheme of things, our situation seemed inconsequential to me.
I feared to see my young daughter's disappointment in God, when at the end of the day we had to leave the bird exactly as we found it, imprisioned.
But, I bowed my head as Lindsey earnestly prayed, "Dear God, please rescue this bird."
God saw two daughters kneeling before Him. The child's heart was full of trust in Him. The other one, Lindsey's mom, had lost her trust in God's faithfulness. And she feared having her young daughter's faith tried and dashed at such a young age.
After we asked God to rescue the bird, we went to search for rescue material to help God answer our prayer. During our search, we unexpectedly met my husband, Lindsey's dad. He followed her as she breathlessly told him about the bird's situation and her prayer.
I returned, hands empty, to find Lindsey and her dad happily peering into a treetop. I looked down at empty iron bars, a prison only moments before. To my astonishment, my husband pointed to a chirping bird perched high on a sunny branch.
"It's up there," he said, explaining how he had freed it.
Little did I know at the day's outset,God had orchestrated this object lesson to increase my faith in His ability to answer prayer.
"When they opened the door and saw Peter, they were astonished" (vs.16).
Dear God, thank you for your faithfulness to young children, fallen sparrows and faithless moms. Amen (Mt.10:20).
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