Kids say the darndest things!

“This is a good system, very good system!”

My family is hosting a foreign exchange student and he’s staying, yup you guessed it…in my room.   I’ve only met him once, but he was very nice, so I’m sure he’ll treat my room well.  His name is Eric, he’s from China, and he loves to swim!

Since he loves to swim, my family got him a membership at the YMCA and he swims there almost every afternoon when school gets out.  One morning, my mom reminded him that my brother Nathan would pick him up at 5:30 p.m., so he should be ready and waiting by the door.

That afternoon, Nathan arrived at the Y and Eric was not at the door.  Eric doesn’t have a cell phone and Nathan doesn’t have a pass, so he couldn’t check to see if Eric was in the locker room.  Eventually, they paged him and Eric came out fifteen minutes later, amazed.  “This is good system, very good system!” Eric said.  Of course it was a good system, for him!  Now he wouldn’t have to worry about checking a clock or forgetting what time it was; they could just page him when it was time to go!

This can be applied to our relationship with God.  We shouldn’t page God only when we have a problem or need something…we should be connecting with him all the time.  He’s not a vending machine.  God yearns for us to have a relationship with him and not just page him in emergency situations.

Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  God is always with us, ready to give us answers and provide us with everything we need, as long as we are willing to spend time with Him daily.

God calls on us too.  In II Timothy 1:9 it says, “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done, but because of his own purpose and grace.”  God has called us to do his work; we obey him by responding to that call and working to further His kingdom.  And we know that God will always be with us to help and guide us.

Be in daily communication with God; He wants to hear from you.

Rachel Mulder, Columnist

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