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And a Little Child Shall Lead Him

Isaiah 11:6: "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."

In the early 1950s, people were stunned when former Soviet spy Whittaker Chambers testified that Alger Hiss, an American government official, was spying on the U.S. for Russia. In his book Witness, Chambers relates how a little child led him to change his beliefs and the course of his life.

"It was shortly before we moved to Alger Hiss's apartment in Washington. My daughter was in her high chair. I was watching her eat. She was the most miraculous thing that had ever happened in my life. I liked to watch her even when she smeared porridge on her face or dropped it meditatively on the floor. My eye came to rest on the delicate convolutions of her ear – those intricate, perfect ears."

Chambers continued: "The thought passed through my mind: 'No, those ears were not created by any chance coming together of atoms in nature (the Communist view). They could have been created only by immense design.'

"The thought was involuntary and unwanted. I crowded it out of my mind. But I never wholly forgot it or the occasion. I had to crowd it out of my mind. If I had completed it, I should have had to say: Design presupposes God. I did not then know that, at that moment, the finger of God was first laid upon my forehead."

Chambers was right. Not only does creation point to design, it points to the Designer – Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the witness of Your creation! Your grace is beyond comprehension! In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Notes: From the Foreword to Whittaker Chambers' Witness, first published in 1952. Photo: Whittaker Chambers, American writer, editor and former Soviet spy who defected from the Communist Party in 1938. Photo taken in 1948. (PD)

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