Sunday, May 15, 2011
Is He Here Yet?
It was Buddy’s first time in my Sunday School class. Maybe even his first time at church. I watched his big, blue 4-year-old eyes take it all in – the singing, the playing, the praying.
When it was almost time to leave, I pulled him aside and said, “I’m really glad you’re here.”
He continued to stare. Who is this crazy lady who likes to sing silly songs and play duck duck goose?
But no, it wasn’t a blank stare. His wheels were turning -- he was thinking. So I said to him, “You know, Jesus is really glad you’re here today.”
He quickly responded, “Yeah, I know. Is he here yet?”
I (barely) held back my laughter. Buddy wanted Jesus to show up. Pure and simple.
“Yes, he’s here right now. He’s everywhere. Not just in church.”
Buddy looked confused. Like many of us, he had gone through the “church” drill. But he wanted more. He wanted a real live encounter with God. He didn’t just want Jesus to show up, he expected him to show up.
Sure, Buddy may have a few things to learn about God. He may be an unchurched preschooler, but I love his simple faith. I love his anticipation. I love his question.
How many of us have the courage to ask, “Is he here yet?” Or have we already made up our minds? Not here. Not now. It’s not possible – or even if it’s possible, it won’t happen to me.
Like Buddy, maybe we just need to ask. Maybe it’s time we expect Jesus to just show up.
Posted by Susan DiMickele at 9:42 PM