He was just a few rows in front of me on Sunday.
A little boy…probably seven or eight years old. He was sitting in the auditorium with his dad just a couple of rows from the stage.
I first noticed it at the start of the service, and it bothered me just a bit.
His motion was distracting. It was tense.
It was filling the entire space in front of him.
From the start of the opener, he rocked front to back in his seat to .every.single.beat. of the music.
He stopped for the announcements. At the moment we were invited to stand for worship, he started again. Through the four worship songs, he just rocked in perfect rhythm with the beat…fast or slow…it didn’t matter.
He kept perfect timing.
About half of the way through the first song, I think I started to get it. In that moment, I felt awed. I think this little boy may have been autistic, and he was completely moved by the music. His daddy would glance at him now and again, but the little boy’s response to the music during worship was perfectly normal to his dad.
The beat of the music slowed for the last two of the four worship songs, and so did his rocking. By the time we hit the first bridge in “Oceans,” I knew the attitude of my heart during the service’s opener was way off base.
The lyrics to the bridge say:
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever you would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
By the presence of my Savior”
Here was this wonderful little boy…he was fully immersed in worshipping his Savior. He was fully immersed in the beat of the music. He was fully immersed.
He was trusting.
He was out there walking upon the water.
He was going where he was called.
He was being taken deeper.
He was being made stronger.
He was sitting there rocking in the presence of his Savior.
The only distraction I was now feeling was how this little boy was worshipping so deeply and was serving as such an example for me.
It often takes the faith of a child to help us see where He’d have us go.
(Lyrics via MetroLyrics & Hillsong United – Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)