I was honored to lead a women’s Bible study recently. The night before, I sat with all my notes and I could hear the whisper of Holy Spirit telling me where to chop and cut. Originally, I was thinking and writing from a place above the experience of what I planned to share. But He wanted me to engage in the experience first, before anyone else.
Engagement made all the difference.
Soon, I knew exactly which points to include…and my tears suggested the direction for our discussion.
Once together, we recalled memories of some of the wonder and curiosity in the little girl God created and fell in love with before we grew up. We listed the ways in which she may have been suppressed, even unintentionally. We took those initial recollections and weighed them against who we are today to discuss what we may have put away, but should consider picking up again.
We agreed that some parts of who we were was tough for adults to fathom and explain, so they discouraged gifts they weren’t quite equipped to nurture. And finally, we walked through where God was in those early moments and stages of life.
While it was definitely something for which ‘you had to be there,’ I felt it worth mentioning here. It’s my hope that you’ll get a group of friends together and have similar discussions.
Think of a time in your childhood – even before you knew God – where you were footloose and carefree. Whether you were playing with dolls or running through the streets playing tag, see yourself. Then, looking back from where you sit now, perhaps discuss some of these questions or other thoughts that arise:
Can you find God in those moments and how much He loved you, even then?
Are you able to observe both the good and any painful moments and see where He fought for you?
Are you allowing Him to fight for you today, or are you accustomed to getting things done on your own?
Can you perceive how God covered you, shielding you from certain darts?
Do you recall ducking out from under His covering sometimes to do it your way?
Truth is, God loves us fiercely and has been fighting for and covering us, even before we knew or accepted Him. And despite learning about the depths of His love and acceptance, we often agree with a world that suggests that we aren’t enough just the way we are. We often allow others’ assessments of our accomplishments and mistakes to dictate our worth.
Let’s all endeavor to get back in touch with some of our childhood wonder and innocence to fuel our creativity and dreams. Need some help? We have access to so many old TV shows and cartoons, surely something can spark the nostalgia you need to revive the creative juices you enjoyed as a child. After all, we’ve only got one life to live! (Pun intended!)
Thoughts? Feel free to share in the comments.