My friend, may I ask you a question? Foolishly believing in someone or something is normally a path to misfortune and hurt. Kids are good at that, but we adults are usually pretty careful not to be taken. Nonetheless, are there times when being foolish has its upside?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
When a child trusts he or she really packs a lot of meaning into the word. In fact, their trust is so fervent, less often skeptical and more than often than not rigid, that as an adult one has to be careful of what one says serendipitously or in mere whimsy. My youngest grandson, Jakob, recently gave me good example of this. He and I were walking upstairs in Papa’s house to find some toys that were stashed away on the upstairs landing. Being the Papa that I am, I sometimes lose myself in the moment and pull his leg, so to speak, with a tall story here or there. I mentioned to him as we neared the landing that you never know what might lurk beyond the corner of that landing. “Just this morning,” I whispered, “I saw a water buffalo up there.” His eyes got as big as saucers and he stopped dead in his tracks. “Really Papa? How did he get there?” I had expected a giggle and I got a stare. I had to quickly explain that Papa was just kidding. For a moment he was foolish enough in his little way to believe me.
Foolishly believing in someone or something is normally a path to misfortune and hurt. I had to quickly correct my story so that Jakob would not misunderstand where water buffalo roam. More importantly, he needed to be able to differentiate between humor and fact! Nonetheless, are there times when being foolish like Jakob has its upside?
Oswald Chambers writes. “In missionary enterprise . . . (t)he needs are so enormous, the conditions so perplexing, that every power of mind falters and fails . . . When looking back on the lives of men and women of God the tendency is to say — “What wonderfully astute wisdom they had! How perfectly they understood all God wanted!” The astute mind behind is the Mind of God, not human wisdom at all. We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the Divine guidance of God through childlike people who were foolish enough to trust God’s wisdom and the supernatural equipment of God.” (My Utmost for His Highest, October 25)
The Apostle states in John 20:21: “Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Think about this my friends: “As the Father has sent me?” How did the Father send Jesus? He sent him into a disowning public, cruel suffering, and eventual death. Are we willing to go up the stairs that lead to that dark place? Little Jakob believed me, but in his foolishness he kept climbing as long as I went with him. Friends, only a fool would do what Jesus is asking here, and those fools are you and me. To do this sacred and necessary work we need to be as trusting and foolish as little Jakob. If we grab onto wisdom, our stay in God’s vineyard may be very brief. You know, there really is a water buffalo out there.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for calling us to do the work of evangelism, calling others to the Good News of Christ. Our reason, Father, often tells us that the job is glorious and rewarding. Forgive us Lord when we forget that the life of an evangelist is often a life of risk, pain and persecution. May we be foolish enough in our spirit to do it anyway. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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