My family took a weekend getaway to the California North Coast redwoods (250 miles from our town of Redding). We had our Sunday “church” as a family while on a short hike at the Lady Bird Johnson Grove. Some of these trees are the largest in the world, towering hundreds of feet from over a thousand years or more of growth. What a place to have worship together. We were discussing the “fruit of the Spirit” as found in Galatians. I was trying to bring home the point that we will produce who we are, just as a seed will produce the fruit it is. As Christians, we are designed to produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and so forth.
The discussion turned a bit when my son doubted he could make the right choice. I explained that due to our second birth, we are “born again” and in this new identity we can do what we are meant to do.
Dad, “how can someone be born again once they are already born?” We quickly went to Jesus to answer that. My son was playing the part of Nicodemus and we paralleled his questioning with that of Nicodemus in John 3.
Ethan was not sure, besides having “prayed to have Jesus come into my heart” that he ever “trusted” Jesus. We had to go over “faith” with my 9-year-old boy. Faith is trusting Jesus. We trust that Jesus did for us what we could not. We simply believe. Right then and there my boy prayed silently a prayer of faith. I am not sure if this was the moment or not of his salvation or simply a deepening of his faith. It seemed truly significant. All I know is that church is really fantastic under the canopy of redwoods.