Are you familiar with the terminology “Criss-Cross Applesauce”?

While I haven’t traced the history of these powerful  words, I know that saying it makes children sit on a reading rug in an orderly fashion and listen to a story. I was blown away when Josiah, one of our awesome second graders, shared this story in the hall with me about sitting “criss-cross applesauce”.

It seems Josiah had a dream. Not just any dream, but one of God talking to him about Heaven and showing him what Heaven looked like. “Jesus was there…and He was alive.”

That morning, Josiah talked to his dad about asking Jesus into his heart. Josiah’s dad wisely shared his own testimony of asking Jesus into his heart as a boy of eleven. He gave Josiah the freedom to be helped in asking Jesus into his heart whenever he felt ready.  Josiah was ready right then!

They bowed their heads to pray, and Josiah received Jesus as his Savior and Lord.

If that wasn’t awesome enough, Josiah went to play with his buddies from the neighborhood, Gabriel and Spencer. In the course of outdoor playtime, Josiah related that he had asked Jesus into his heart and that Gabe and Spence could do the same if they liked. They all sat down “criss-cross applesauce” in the driveway and decided that it would be a good idea if they all had Jesus in their hearts.

Josiah wrote a note to Gabriel and Spencer’s mom to tell her the news with the intent of asking her to pray with her sons when they were ready. Josiah let me know that he thinks that “Gabriel and Spencer’s family loves Jesus too and that the note would make their mom happy.”

Suddenly I’m feeling that we’ve stepped into the pages of Scripture. The Book of Joel has entered my mind, and statements like “young men will see visions”, “I will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children”, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people”, and “your sons and daughters will prophecy” don’t seem so far-fetched. Rather, we’re watching them played out right before us in the life and actions of a second-grade boy and his very wise father.

It almost makes me want to sit down “criss-cross applesauce” and, first, thank the Lord Jesus for allowing me the privilege of seeing His work lived out this way. Then it might be good to just be quiet in order that He could show me which friends, like He showed Josiah, are ready to sit “criss-cross applesauce” with me to hear the good news of what Jesus can do when He visits the human heart.

Pastor Wilson