But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.Matthew 19:26
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1
I don’t want to wish Little Bit’s life away, but sometimes I can’t help imagining what she’ll be like when she’s older. Specifically, I have glimpses of her as a Spirit-filled lady when she comes to know the Lord. I don’t know how long time will last, when Jesus will speak to her heart, or what she will do when He does. But there are little things she does now that give me hope for her spiritual future if she answers the call:
- Sometimes when we’re singing at the piano, she just has to run around the kitchen island a few times. I imagine her someday being filled with the Spirit and just having to do something because she can’t hold it in.
- She has a stubborn streak that can’t be reasoned with sometimes. I imagine that one day that will turn into a steadfastness for the Lord that the devil can’t talk her out of.
- She is a deep thinker for such a little girl and like learning. I pray she will turn that thirst for knowledge toward studying the Word of God and seeking His will.
- She sings all the time, often making up her own songs. She already asks to sing at church (and does), so imagine she will sing with power in the future, maybe even writing her own songs to praise the Lord.
These are just a few things I would love to see in Little Bit’s future. Sometimes I get discouraged by the state of the world or those days when her behavior makes me want to cry, and find myself wondering if these things will even be possible. But God never changes, and His Spirit will always fill those who seek Him.
Thinking along these lines also makes me think of the people in my life who don’t know Jesus. I can see attributes in each one that could be used for God’s glory. In myself, sometimes I doubt it could ever happen, but God is in the business of making new creatures. I just remember how wretched I was before Jesus, and the testimonies of so many others and where God brought them from, and I know that anything is possible!
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.II Peter 3:9