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Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)
TITLE: His Innocent and Trusting Child
By Sally Hanan
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I lock the door. I do not want to be disturbed.
Worship harmonies begin to curl through the airy room space, and I kneel on my pillow, eyes pressed into the bedcover, to focus on my savior.
I hold out my hands at the cross and give him everything I can: my thoughts, my fears, my sins of the daylight hours. He stands by me, taking each one as I rest them in his hands. He does not peruse each item; his arm reaches back and then jerks forward to throw them into the ocean. Now I am free to worship and listen.
“Here I am to worship; here I am to bow down...” I stand and raise my arms. They never seem to reach high enough; I want them to reach heaven, to touch his countenance with the delight of a two year old. I want to stare into his eyes and disappear there. I want to melt into him until we become one again. I in you and you in me, Lord. Breathe in me, breathe through me, mold me into the shape of your hands.
I hear a word, and turn some gold edged pages to find its context. The written words cause tears to pack my eyes. “Lord,” I cry, “you know me so well. Thank-you for that encouragement, that comfort.”
His spirit blows through me, causing people’s faces and names to come to mind. I ask for his words to be whispered into minds, for comfort and peace to fill hearts, for messengers to bring good news. With the authority of his name, I command circumstances to change, illnesses to leave.
I feel his spirit lift my feet, and I dance across the carpeted floor, feeling silly, but with joy in my heart. My smile horizontal, my arms vertical, I bow my head in humility and fall on the floor, soaking, sponging up his love.
There I remain in his infinity.
The music ends. I rub my forehead to bring back the circulation, place my Bible back onto the nightstand and close the door behind me.
I can be his innocent and trusting child again. He is all I need.
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