The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7 NLT
I reached out a hand to stop the thundering steps of my precocious little three-and-a-half-year-old. She was one of several children running as fast as possible up the aisle of the church, around the back and down the side.
The group of adults we were interacting with after the church service seemed oblivious, but I thought I had taught my child to respect the sanctuary. I knelt by her side, her breath blowing my hair as she impatiently shifted on her feet, anxious to run again.
“Larissa, we don’t run in God’s house.” Her eyes widened with disbelief. I went on to explain that we had to be reverent in God’s special house and that did not include running.
Red curls bounced as she shook her head adamantly. Placing her hand dramatically over her chest she leaned in closer and stage-whispered, “Mommy! In Sabbath school, didn’t teacher say that Jesus comes into our hearts?”
I nodded and she reached out, grabbed my hand and placed it over her pounding heart. She pressed her cheek confidently against mine and spoke earnestly, “I’m running in God’s house because then I can feel Jesus in my heart! See? He’s happy, you can FEEL Him!”
As my hand absorbed the strong beats of her heart, I realized how very real Jesus was to my child. Oh for the presence of Jesus to be so strong in my heart that I cannot contain my joy, that I must move and that I cannot stay silent about what Jesus is doing for me. In my heart, in my life and for eternity.
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