A Texas school teacher was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots. After pulling and pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got a second boot on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost cried when the little boy said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet." She looked, and sure enough, they were.
It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet. He then announced, "These aren't my boots." She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?"
Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner had they gotten the boots off when he said, "They're my brother's boots. My mom made me wear 'em." Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry, but she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.
Helping him into his coat, she asked, "Now, where are your mittens?" He said, "I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.”
I love that story! Our kids are such a joy, but they can also be difficult. There’s a phrase I’ve used quite often with my kids: “If your room doesn’t get clean, we’re going to have a ‘coming-to-Jesus’ meeting.”
Coming to Jesus at the altar is not only a place of discipline and judgement. It can also be a place of refreshing and wisdom. Just like in this cute story, there are many things in life that can make us frustrated and stir up our emotions. At times, we may give in to the temptations to act upon our emotional impulses which can lead to poor choices and even sin. I have found it necessary to create a regular habit in my life of going to the altar in prayer.
My challenge for 2019, is for our church to have a passion for the altar, and allow him to transform our lives, and rejuvenate our hearts. Everywhere you bow your heart in prayer can become an altar.
My hope is that you will grow to depend upon the power that is available in God’s presence at the altar.