After years of being told to, I think tonight may be the catalyst for a first blog post...
Here’s to the one!
As I sit in a hotel room, I am still overcome by a beautiful fiery little 7 year old girl that came to the Gracelets booth tonight and began watching my TV showing the bracelet scripture videos. She told me she liked my “TV show”. Her mom rushed her along and she said “But Mom! I’m watching a movie about God!” I keep a bag of precious little gems and pearls to give kids at my booth and offered her a little pearl cross. She jumped up and down and hugged me. I told her Jesus thought she was very special and really loved her. Her eyes got so big and she asked “really?” "Yes!" I said! "And do you know - He’s my best friend?" Later tonight she came back again to watch more of 'my tv show' and I was able to chat with her mom and learned that she attended a catholic school and was baptized but hadn’t yet accepted Jesus.
(Fun fact about me- I shared that I graduated from an all girl catholic college in Massachusetts and didn’t accept Jesus until I was 33 - honestly I can’t remember anyone ever walking me through the meaning or process of salvation. And for the sake of the story, I shared that I had even graduated valedictorian of the college and didn’t know Jesus! Proof that head knowledge doesn’t reach the heart sometimes).
Her Mom said she would like me to talk and share this with her daughter. OH-my-gosh I can’t tell you how excited she was to hear about and receive Jesus as her savior and new best friend! She jumped up and down, curls bouncing, clapping her hands, eyes sparkling with wonder and hugging me over and over as I told her how all of heaven and the angels were singing and celebrating tonight over her!! She ran and told her Mom that angels were singing about her in heaven and that Jesus was her new best friend and that Holy Spirit is her teacher! She immediately wanted to share with her cousin and already has plans to tell friends about Jesus tomorrow! - and asked if I could babysit her and teach her the Bible! Childlike wonder and hunger... It's what Jesus loves.
So tonight I am rejoicing too... for the privilege of sharing the Love of Jesus which started a fire in the heart of a young girl who may very well ripple effect to thousands of others in her enthusiasm throughout her lifetime! What if tonight was an Esther moment? What if this is the single most fruitful act for eternity of my entire life? Just for the one? One little fiery girl named Margot.