Saturday, October 10, 2009

good news

Our family traveled to Disneyworld in Florida last week. This is my favorite picture from our trip.

As we were leaving the park one afternoon, we looked up and saw a plane writing “Jesus Loves You” in the sky. As I paused to watch the pilot skillfully write this powerful message in the sky, I couldn’t help but notice all the conversations of people walking past me.

So many little children asking their mommies and daddies, “Who is Jesus?”… and their parents awkwardly changing the subject.
Some seemed noticeably irritated…others just didn’t know what to say.

As we were waiting for our shuttle to arrive to take us back to our hotel, a little girl was sitting on a bench next to me. I recognized her from our hotel…a precious little preschool age girl with a very sweet parents. As she looked up, she asked her Mommy what the words in the sky said.
Her Mommy looked uncomfortable, but she quickly read them to her.
I don’t know why, but the little girl turned straight to me and asked, “Is that true?”.
I wanted to tell her.
But I couldn’t.
Her mommy snapped at her and said, “I told you what it said…you do NOT need to ask her!!”
I just smiled. I pray she finds out someday.

It makes me sad that the name of Jesus makes so many people so uncomfortable.

Perhaps they have good reason? Maybe they’ve been beat over the head with the Bible by ‘well-meaning’ Christians. Maybe, instead of being loved by Christians, they’ve been judged and criticized. Maybe they just don’t understand what it all means.

OR, could it be, that I am just seeing this firsthand…

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

Whatever the reason, somehow, the “GOOD NEWS”…

John 3:16 (ESV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

…has become BAD NEWS!

I am reminded today that the time is coming when a man writing “Jesus Loves You” in the sky could be arrested…in the United States of America.

I am asking the Lord for Holy Spirit boldness…to share the Good News while I can!

When all is said and done, I do NOT want these words said of me… “she loved praise from men more than praise from God." (John 12:43)

John 1:10-12 (ESV)
“He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”