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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: "Splash" 4-11-13 Deadline (04/04/13)

TITLE: Little Lost Boy
By Carla Rogers


“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”. Matthew 19:14 (NIV)

When I saw the Vacation Bible School's sea of children, the butterflies in my stomach wouldn’t stop. As I walked in the midst of them, I realized most of the children were strangers, which was unusual for our small church.

Not having any kids myself, I was not comfortable around so many little mouths yelling at the same time, so much running and jumping. But one stood out from the rest, a precious little boy, no more than four or five. He was little-boy dirty, mop of blond hair, eyes twinkling mischief, running trying to keep up with the older children, trying to grow up fast. As the children were gathered so we could start, the precious little stranger grabbed my hand, guiding me into the church, happily swinging his arms, trying to skip all along the way. From then on, he didn’t leave my side. During the Bible lesson, my new friend soaked in God’s love.

“Will ya’ll be here tomorrow? I am coming again!” He yelled back to us as he was dragged to the car when everything was over.

While the mess was being picked up, I mentioned the sweet boy, but no one knew him. He had come with a friend. I looked forward to seeing him again, but that did not happen. He never made it back. My heart was broken to know that I probably would never see that little boy again, that my little window of opportunity closed as quickly as it opened. Through the short amount of time I had with him, this little boy’s hunger for God splashed on me, renewing my desire to spread his Word. He reminded me to take every opportunity, now matter how short, to point others to God, especially children.

Vacation Bible School is one of the hardest jobs, but one of the most rewarding, in the church. Many people wonder if all the work is really worth it. This little boy is the reason for the trouble. He is the face of all the little children of the world who need to experience God’s love, his grace. Never let fatigue, disappointment of attendance, or lack of volunteers to discourage VBS. It may be the only time some children hear of God’s love.

Father, I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your grand design to spread your Word to everyone, especially children. Please give me the enthusiasm to help teach some of the least of these and not get discouraged. Amen.

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Sunny Loomis 04/16/13
Lovely story. Hopefully that little boy got saved, as did other children. You have an important job. Good descriptions. Thank you.
Judith Gayle Smith04/17/13
Sweet and charming. I feel your heart and thank you for your service to the little ones . . .
C D Swanson 04/17/13
God bless you for teaching the little ones, God's word...such a rewarding job.

Great job with imagery, and for the important message this brought forward.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/18/13
This is a great devotion. I really liked how you started with something most anyone can understand--a child hungering for love. Your prayer was the perfect conclusion to this devotion. Congratulations on ranking 13 in level one! (The highest rankings can be found in the message boards)