Alyssa Beth | Easter Sunday 2017
“Believing Jesus is anything other than Savior of the world will affect her story deeply.”
Luke 18:17 “Let these children alone. Don’t get between them and Me. These children are the kingdom’s pride and joy. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.”
I was overwhelmed by God’s grace today during our Easter service. We sang an old favorite hymn, Because He Lives, oh how powerful the words of that song are to me and my story. I grew up singing that song in a little Southern Baptist church. So when my early story touches my present story, the hugeness of God’s grace is overwhelming. Our pastor preached from John 20 today focusing in on the story of Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the risen Jesus.
This girl loved Jesus so.
So much that on that first Easter morning though she came to the tomb with other women and though she brought the disciples to the empty tomb, she ended up alone with the risen Jesus.
Those with her left her alone… and the result? She was the first person in history to declare the Gospel to The Church.
Yesterday I revisited the day Alyssa first said “yes” to Jesus. You can read that post here too.
One of the verses I included with that post was Jesus’ words from Luke 18:17. As I was reading the word “alone” in that verse I thought about Mary being alone at the tomb seeking Jesus. She wasn’t afraid to be there. She wasn’t afraid to question angels or gardeners. She was so in love with Jesus she was fearless even in her grief. I want my kids to have that kind of love for Jesus.
I want my kids to know they are completely safe in their relationship with Jesus. I want Him to be the One they trust and love above every other relationship they have. I don’t want them dependent on me or Jason or anyone else for their identity. And Jesus’ words to me as a mother of three kids who have now accepted Christ and followed Him in baptism are “let them alone”. Not abandoned to figure it all out themselves. Not unattended as they learn how to study God’s word. Not isolated from the body of Christ and family. Jesus isn’t telling us to leave our kids. He wants us to stay out of their way as they follow Him and out of HIS way as He leads them. When Jesus called Mary’s name that day He was the only one she could turn to because she was alone-there was no mistaking him for anyone else in that moment. I don’t want to be in the way when my kids call out to Jesus. I pray I direct Alyssa to Jesus always as her source for everything. He will use me to meet her needs for a few more years. But I would be a faithless and fearful mother to try to do what only he can do for her. It’s time for me to let her alone.