One child prays, the other giggles about the idea of Jesus. Ones heart is changing, the other is being defensive so jokes are made to guard and protect. We cannot make somebody change. We can force them to say certain words, but hearts and minds only change on their own. I might go for some time and never see a child give their life to Christ, but that is not my responsibility. My job is to plant seeds. The words we preach might take 20 years to grow roots. But God’s time doesn’t make since to my human mind. What if 20 years ago I never put in the effort because I didn’t see immediate fruits? Some kids get it now, and close their eyes to sincerely pray. Others peek to see what others are doing. The ones who peek hear the words of Jesus even though they are not acting upon them. One day, when they have nothing left to run to, they will remember the words we taught them. That is when the fruit comes; in God’s time. We plant seeds, God makes them grow.
Queens New York, 2010