“And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.” Genesis 21:6
When Marilyn and I teach Vacation Bible Schools and Bible Camps, we always spend part of one session presenting a demonstration of the gospel. At the end of the message, we invite the children and adults to accept the gift of salvation. We then ask those who respond to go to the back of the auditorium and speak to counselors about their response (we are not trying to force them to a decision). During this time the counselors ask and answer questions to determine if the child really understands and truly believes (of course, only God truly knows). Many children over the years have put their trust and faith in Jesus Christ at these meetings! Some have not … they just aren’t ready or are confused. Recently, one young boy told his counselor, “I want to follow Jesus, even if it means killing my sister!” Hmmm … probably not ready. Another said, “I don’t really want to be a Christian, but my Mom keeps nagging me about it.” Hmmm … probably not ready. Yet another, “I don’t really want to know anything … I was just tired of sitting.” I have to laugh when I hear these words out of the mouths of babes. Yet while I am laughing, I am also praying that they will someday believe in their Savior. We are comforted in knowing that God allowed us the opportunity to share His Word, and that the seeds of truth were planted. Whether that seed fell upon fertile soil is out of our hands, but we have been blessed to be a “sower”.
“But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”