Numbers are important. They remind us of the years we’ve lived on this earth. They keep our roads in check by setting limits on how fast we can drive. They are used to signify how much money we have (or don’t have!) They lay out the scope of distance, time, and in some cases, success.
But numbers don’t always tell the whole story. Yes, we praise God that we can count the number of children attending Good News Clubs. We are so thankful for the growing number of volunteers that say yes to this work and marvel each time another child says yes to the invitation to receive Jesus as his or her Savior.
Isn’t it interesting that rather than numbering the stars, God gave them each a name? Numbers can’t measure the changes taking place in a child’s heart, as week after week, they learn more about who God is and recognize their need for Him. How do you put a number on the fact that children are praying prayers of faith and conviction? Or the mom that walked in at the end of the Club and saw the children and volunteers praying, on their knees, and knelt beside them?
God is always doing more than we see; more than we can count. Children are growing in their faith. They are becoming witnesses to their friends, family members, teachers and coaches. Volunteers are also growing closer to the Lord as they study and prepare each week. Churches are having a greater influence on their communities. And God is being glorified.
Some things just can’t be numbered.