Jesus Loves the Little Children
All the Children of the World
Red and Yellow, Black and White
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world
The room was full of parents and children chattering away in Japanese. The six little girls were milling around putting on their skirts in anticipation for the start of the hula class.
I gathered the girls in a circle and introduced myself and learned their names. I played a little game with them to get to know them better. Then we walked through the basic steps of hula. It was comforting to hear the hula music I used every week at PIBC Keiki Hula as I led the girls through the warm up.
After, I sat the girls down, and with the help of Nanoko Sensei, I explained the meaning of the song “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” I spoke about Jesus coming down to earth, living, dying, and coming back to life for our sins. I told them He did this because He loves all of them so much, and that is what the song was about. They listened intently and seemed to understand what I was saying. It was the first time I had openly spoken of Jesus on my trip.
That was two days ago. It took me some time to really process what I did. In the moment, the Words came out naturally. I believe that God was with me at that moment and gave me the strength to share. All glory and power to Him!
However, since then it has been a struggle to keep up my faith and hope. The evil one is definitely trying to discourage me, but that has only made me run to God and rely on Him even more. I think up to this point, God has really blessed me and prepared a way for me. I think I had begun to take things too much for granted and become complacent.
This experience has really humbled me and helped me to realize anew my need for a savior. I am His child, and He loves me and has made me His own. That is why I am reminded to not be complacent but to continue to fight the good fight and run the race that God has set before me. I want to speak more and more openly about Jesus in Japan.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
P.C. Noriko Abiko