Hello! I was There

One of my Facebook friends left the following post the other day:

My daughter’s school records have the wrong date for her birthday. Now my five year old thinks her school is right, and that I don’t really know when when she was born. – Hello! I was there!

Too funny! As a former Kindergarten teacher, I remember how quickly a five year old can get confused, how often a child believed me over their parents. I used to tell all moms and dads, “I will only believe half of what comes to school; will you will only believe half of what comes home.”

Young children believe teachers . . . even if their teachers are mistaken or the child misunderstood. Either can be humorous and at times a tad frustrating.

I started wondering how often we look like a classroom of Kindergarteners to our Heavenly Father.

How much do we misunderstand?

How many times have we believed teachers who were mistaken?

So, now what?

I suppose we could just go play with our toys determined that our childish understanding is correct.

My Facebook friend may want to show her daughter her Birth Certificate . . . a bit of evidence, a written record that she was there when her little girl was born.

We are blessed that God has given us evidence . . . a written record.

Verse after verse the Apostles said, “We were there. We have seen. We have heard.”

But Peter and John replied . . .”We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19-20

We proclaim to you the One who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 1 John 1:1

The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

Maybe, the next time we are confused because of our own misunderstanding or from the mistaken words of a teacher, we should return to the evidence . . . to the words of those who were there. Those who saw. Those who heard. the men who walked with Jesus.

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One Response to Hello! I was There
  1. Carol
    January 23, 2012 | 9:05 pm

    Wow! This was a great post, Deb!