Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch is not able to bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither you, unless you abide in me. John 15:4 BLB
But as for me, I trust in You O Lord. Psalm 31:4
When I was 5 years old, I learned a beautiful song: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.
At such a tender age, I somehow knew that I was unable to literally see Jesus; nonetheless, I had unwavering faith that Jesus would answer my prayers and protect me from hurt, harm, and danger. Of course, now I realize that it was the Holy Spirit who enabled my young mind to comprehend the spiritual meaning of the song.
For 8 years (1964-1972), as a young girl, I traveled on the crosstown public busses twice daily–to the Seventh Day Adventist elementary school in Newark, NJ, without incident. I did not possess fear nor was I ever distracted by the activities surrounding me. I simply believed that Jesus and my guardian angels would always be present.
Until a child reaches a certain stage of maturity, they are very impressionable and believe what they see and hear. In order to fully abide in Christ, we must become as children and allow the naivete of innocence to permeate our mind. It is a simple concept to have faith and believe in Jesus Christ.
As we mature and endure the harsh realities of life, we begin to lose our faith and fixate on our circumstances instead of our faith in God. However, it is imperative that we stop focusing on our circumstances. We must look the other way!
If God protected me through the Civil Rights Movement, the Newark Riots, and the tumultuous times of protest in the 1970s; I am living proof that He is able to do above and beyond all that we can ever ask for or even think of.
Just turn and through faith–look into His wonderful face.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I want to turn and look into your face and just believe and trust in you with child-like faith.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” (Ephesians 3:20)…In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz