Our family loves “treasure hunting”. We love going to “Segundas” here in Mexico. A “Segunda” is like a thrift store, but less organized, and where there is one, there are many, like a flee market. A few weeks ago, on a Saturday afternoon, we were at lunch and I asked Ryder if there was anything in particular he wanted to try and find at the Segundas.
“I want a HULK costume!!”
So, I believe, being prompted by the Holy Spirit, I encouraged Ryder to ask Jesus for this costume. He did, and with Childlike faith, and simplicity, he prayed, “Jesus, can you help me find a Hulk costume?”
The Sugundas we went to that day, are huge, there’s probably about 30-40 little shops, all together, with small halls connecting them like a grid. Ryder and I had been searching for his costume, and after looking through about half the shops and not seeing a single costume of any kind, I asked Ryder again to pray. He prayed this way…
“Jesus, can you show me now where the costume is?”
Instantly, Ryder said to me, “Jesus is saying we should go this way.” He pointed with enthusiasm down a long hall. I followed closely behind him, at a cross section of two halls, he pointed again, “This way!! Jesus, says this way.”
Every shop we passed, I was peering in hoping to see a green costume. Ryder on the other hand, didn’t look left or right, but walked strait on, eyes forward. Then he stopped, and without hesitation pointed into a shop, “There, Jesus says it’s in there.”
As we walked in, my eyes were searching for anything green, and then I saw it. Sure enough there was the perfect Hulk costume, in “like” new condition, complete with padding to make the child look like he has big muscles. Exactly what Ryder wanted. Both of us were so excited, (Ryder for the costume, and me, as a mom, seeing God speak to my son, and he listening and obeying), we began to share what had happened with everyone in the shop.
Jesus talked about having faith like a child to enter the kingdom of God, and that day Ryder demonstrated exactly that. What I saw was a little boy simply listening and obeying, with out doubting, eyes fixed on the words of Jesus. I also saw, how the Creator of the Universe cares about the little desires of a four year old boy. He cares about mine, and he cares about your’s. We only need to trust him like a child.
John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me.”
Later, Ryder was all dressed up, and in character, and he shouted, “”Hulk is soooo strong but God is the strongest!”