There are few things I love more than learning. There’s a deliciously simple pleasure in getting those light bulb moments when a new understanding illuminates your mind. Equally amazing is the opportunity to see those moments happen for others.
I had the privilege of teaching a Bible study to some youth tonight. I was absolutely delighted to see their faces light up as knowledge took root in their hearts. It was such an incredible thing to behold. I had to summon all of my effort to play it cool, but I managed.
One by one hands went up across the room. Questions and more questions were asked. It wasn’t just surface level inquiries either, these were the good questions. They wanted to know about the very foundations of their faith! These kids were hungry! It was fascinating to see them open up their minds and truly seek to know the heart of God.
Reflecting on the meeting now, I’m seeing myself in a new light. Perhaps I’m getting a taste of how God feels when I come to him seeking understanding. Does his heart flutter when he sees many hand go up? Does he swell with pride when I ask him the questions that rise from the recesses of my soul?
I’m choosing to believe that He gains pleasure in our searching. I wonder if this is what it means to bless the LORD, and let all that is within me praise His name.
Tonight I’m praying that these young ones press in even deeper. I’m hoping that this tiny spark of knowledge will ignite in them a passion to understand the word of God. I’m hoping that they continue to boldly ask what is on their hearts, and never lose that desire to truly know HIM.
These kids kept me on my toes. I pray I can keep up with their zeal, and dig deeper myself so that I have answers ready for them at all times.
I pray that you too will find one younger in your life that will keep you on your toes and challenge you to dig deep for answers to the questions that burn in them. What an adventure!
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15 NIV