I watched the beautiful Mayan child clinged to her mother as I held out my arms to hold her. A familiar reaction I have experienced in other parts of the world, especially when being introduced to a white woman for the first time. I imagine if I had only been raised in one culture, language, and ethnicity my reaction would be similar. At least she wasn’t crying or screaming like some children I met in Africa.
“My daughter, Itzel, is not sick, but will you pray a general blessing over her?” the mother asked.
I knew it would be God’s love that cast out all fear in Itzel’s heart concerning me. So, I asked my interpreter to put her hand on the child and then I gently put my hand on top of hers. The little girl held on even tighter to her mother as I prayed. Not only was my bright white skin shining in this girls eyes, but now I was touching her. I could tell by her facial expressions that things were not getting easier and her realm of safety was getting smaller and smaller.
Everyone had their eyes closed, intently receiving the prayers being offered up for this child. The interpreter was not conveying my prayer to the mother, only listening. Thirty seconds into the prayer I watched Itzel’s body relax and pull away from her mother. She un-tucked her arms from her fragile face and reached out with her palms up towards God. The fear in her eyes was gone as she closed them and rested in the presence of God with her arms lifted high.
“God’s love casts out all fear.” 1 John 4:18
It wasn’t the words I spoke, because no one could understand them. It wasn’t through a hug or a smile, because she didn’t want to touch me and everyone’s eyes were closed. It was through God’s love and presence that Itzel felt peace and felt God’s presence.
There is power in prayer.
I encourage you to pray for someone you know that is facing hardship in their life right now. “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in Him.” 1 John 4:16
“I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”Luke 18:17 & Mark 10:15
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