Dust had collected but never the memories. Every souvenir on the many shelves in his office reached back and gripped something on the shelves in his mind. One in particular that day came to surface, a simple coat button. He let it slip through his fingers, from one hand to the next, feeling the intricate details of the simple object.
Funny how this small button brought back a certain day. His hand held the unpretentious item while in his mind the flashback began. He remembered picking black button from the hard, wooden floor. “I think you’re missing something” he spoke to the young man before him. The young man shifted his weight from one foot to the other grinning slightly, “Thanks, I’m not the best at fixing these things.”
He lowered his eyes, then raised them to look at his professor. “Mr. Knightson, I enjoyed the seminar today,” the gangly young student paused a moment before he continued, “but I have a question that I need to ask.”
“Ask away,” the modest theologian replied calmly. The student began “You know possibly all there is to know about theology, but what is the greatest theological truth you have ever heard?”
The professor paused a moment. His eyes had a faraway look and he moved to rest his foot on the stood behind his desk. Then, he brought his gaze back to the young man and replied. “That is an easy one. I believe it would along with a tune many people have sung for years.”
The young man reached into his coat jacket for a pen and notepad, ready to make sure he remembered these next few words. “Jesus loves me,” The professor sighed a long sigh. “For all my years of study,” he continued, “the greatest truth I learned at the knee of my mother.”
“Sir?” the protégé said, obviously puzzled, “that’s all.”
The professor looked him in the eye. “This great truth has held me through every trial and triumph of life. There is no greater.”
The young man put his pen and pad of paper back inside his coat and quietly left the room. It wasn’t until much later the theologian realized . . . he still had the button.
Perhaps you too know this little song, penned by Anna Warner, “Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.”
When life brings uncertainties that threaten to creep into the corners of your mind and cause you to doubt – remember, the greatest truth in a simple song. When life’s carousel of activities leaves you exhausted and hounded by worry – let those worries go, and hum this tune!
If you don’t know Jesus as a personal Savior, please know that He is the best friend you will ever have. He is not concerned for tomorrow because He holds it in His hands. His care and love reach out to each of us. His salvation is free. Give the unknown to the one who knows and know one thing…you are loved. It is the greatest truth ever shared. Jesus loves you.
By Elena & Janene Dubbeld