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”

6 comments:

  1. I love the way you clearly and cleanly write what you see and hear.

    I applaud you for the way you use this space to write when it is right for you. This blog stuff can be way to exhaustive when we let it.

    How would you describe the body of Christ (the church) and do you have any thoughts on how we can reach-out to people like the ones in you story?

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  2. Thank you, Jerriann. You are very kind! I agree, the blog thing can get out-of-balance VERY quickly!

    I guess I would describe the body of Christ as being made up of everyone who has a personal relationship with Jesus.

    As far as how to reach out to people like the ones I mentioned...good question!! I don't really know what I could have done differently in that situation...maybe nothing. While I would have loved to share Truth, I don't feel like the Lord necessarily opened the door. I want to be obedient when He is asking me to speak, but if He is just asking me to be still, I want to be obedient in that too. I don't want to do more damage than good because I chose to run-ahead (strive!) when I wasn't supposed to. I do know that the Lord has given me the opportunity to share my faith at other times though and, because I was afraid of "what people would think" or "offending them", I said nothing. What I am asking the Lord for right now is the boldness to be obedient when I feel Him prompting me to speak...and trusting that He will give me the right words for that situation.

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  3. What a beautiful sight it must have been to look up and see Jesus Loves You written in the sky! How Awesome! It breaks my heart thinking of those that saw and don't believe or don't know the Truth but I pray that the many seeds that were planted that afternoon by that skywriter will grow and flourish to glorify Him someday.

    So good to see you back here again!

    Rejoicing in Him,
    ~gillian

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  4. Hopped over here from the LPM blog... your picture and verse just sort of stood out to me so I thought maybe I should come "visit". : ) Funny thing is my middle name is also May and I have a son named Toby : ) and wrote a post almost identical to yours about the great "to blog or not to blog" debate earlier this year. Funny! So just thought I'd say hi and will probably add you to my blog reader and you might hear from me again b/c I have a hard time not commenting when I'm struck or encouraged or made to smile by what I read. Have a great Thanksgiving!

    ~Melissa

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  5. Hi Amanda,

    I also read the LPM blog and am doing the Siesta memorizing, that is how I found your blog. I love your pictures and the way you express your ideas, so simply and clearly.

    Have a great day,
    karen:):)

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  6. We were at Hollywood Studios when we saw Jesus' name in the sky. A cast member walked over.

    "So, I see you're enjoying our local skywriter's handiwork..."

    "Yes! I'm so impressed. Do you know who he is?"

    "No, he's an anonymous evangelical Christian. But he comes out and does this almost every day, especially during our busy seasons."

    We stood there as the letters formed, watching. The cast member wandered off, and I wondered if he was dropping a hint that he, too, was an "evangelical Christian," since he made a point to distinguish this skywriter writing Jesus' name from any ordinary "religious person" or something.

    For me, it brought me incredible hope in the midst of the rather "me-focused," happiness-centered messages of the parks. They are fun, but they don't point to anything other than a mouse. And our imaginations.

    I loved that someone was trying to get us to look up, literally and spiritually.

    What a story you have of the ongoing discussions! People were rushing around totally ignoring the writing when we saw it. I don't think they saw it, so they didn't have any response, negative or positive.

    May we all have opportunities to be bold...and courage from Jesus Himself to speak up and speak (or write) His name!

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