The Altar

Written by: Shay

The Lord never ceases to amaze me how he uses the simplest of things to bring forth the greatest lessons. He did this recently by using a small child learning to walk and an old fashioned altar in a little country church...

Our altar at church is just the right height for the little ones to hold on to when they are learning to walk. All of them seem to find their way there when the time comes. It is such a thrill to sit and watch them as they slowly but surely push themselves up and wabble back and forth, all the time holding on to the altar. To let go means a certain fall and oh how the cling to it as if their very life depended on its stability. What a lesson is learned by watching this little child, and one the Lord has impressed on us before. However, recently He added to this lesson...

One night before service several of us watched yet another little one as she crawled to the altar and began pulling and pushing herself up. She was successful, and we all let out a cheer at her a triumph. Her little face beamed with such joy, but she soon forgot the key to her success, and let go of the altar. I don´t have to tell you what happened next ...PLOP! In her distress she began to cry, but before any of us could react, a man in one swift movement scooped her up into his arms. Upon her eyes meeting his, she was instantly calmed, and that tear streaked face that had been filled with fear, once again beamed with joy.

When thinking upon this, I am reminded of those times when we too have ‘let go of the altar´ - thinking we could make it on our own, only to hit the bottom and cry out for help. It is then that our Heavenly Father swiftly reaches down, lifts us up, and wraps us in His arms. What a joy to know that He is always right there, watching over His children, and oh what peace is found there, safely resting, within our Father´s arms!

"Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you." 2Co 13:11

Really brings home the truth of what the Bible says:
"...and a little child shall lead them..."

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