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“Ruka Ruka”                                                 Submitted by:  Merilee Ottoson

“Grandma, where is ‘ruka ruka’?” I looked at my three-year-old granddaughter as I tried to translate what this could mean. Of course, she asked me the same question again. I attempted to think through the morning, what we talked about and things we had played with. After a few attempts, I realized what/who was “ruka ruka”. Kyla was referring to a rummage sale toy we have in our home. In reality it is Elmo, a character from Sesame Street. This particular Elmo plays a toy guitar and sings when we push a button. She loves to sing and dance while she listens to him.

Was Kyla wrong about the name? Yes. Does it matter what we call the toy? Absolutely not.

However, her mistake reminds me of a mistake we as Christians may make. We will sometimes accept something as TRUTH, when it really ISN’T  TRUTH. Is there something that has come into your life that doesn’t seem “quite right”? Are you questioning a behavior you have seen and wonder why someone is acting in an ungodly manner? Should we throw up our hands ….shrug our shoulders ….and say to ourselves… “well, I guess this is a NEW age and we just have to accept these NEW ideas”?

No, no, no! We don’t have to and should not ACCEPT anything that is not in line with God’s Word, the Bible. Jesus clearly states in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth…..” When we are in question about things, God gives us His word so that we can search and find  principles that can guide us. He has NOT left us helpless and confused. It is our job to get to know the Scriptures. When we know them, the other things that come into our lives will not look so confusing. Let’s be people of the Word and Truth!!!!

By the way……do you think I tried to convince Kyla about who Elmo is and that we should stop calling him the wrong name? NOT a chance. That little, red, guitar player in our toy box will forever be named “ruka ruka”. Dance on, Kyla!!!