The other day I was folding laundry on my bed and my 3 year old decided to come and hang out with me. She climbed up into the chair next to the bed with her Bible and began this profound conversation with me:
Mo: Momma, where is Jesus in the Bible?
Me: The whole Bible is about Jesus and God's love for us.
Mo: No Momma! I mean His STORY!
Me: Do you want the story of his birth? (we've been focusing on that-you know with it being December and all.)
Mo: Yes, where is that one?
Me: It's towards the back, honey. (Now this is where I wish I had a hidden video camera to record her precious words! This dialogue doesn't capture her animation-it was hilarious!)
Mo: Oh here it is!
(She found the story of the Angel Gabriel and Mary.)
Momma, he is telling Mary, "Do not be afraid! I will make all your dreams come true!" (um, that last line may have come from a Disney movie, but hey, it fits, right?) She was scared momma but he said, "Do not be afraid" so she wasn't. He also told her, "Be nice and kind to others."
(She turned a couple pages to the story of Jesus calming the sea)
Look it's Jesus. The storm, and there was wind and rain. And Jesus said, "Be calm!" and then he went swimming in his baby suit. (She might be alluding to his baptism, I'm not really sure...At this point I am trying to suppress the giggles and intently listening to what she will teach me next. A few more pages get turned.)
Here is Jesus with all his friends. (She is referring to his disciples.) He told them, "I will be your greatest friend!" Isn't that right, momma?
Me: Yes, baby, that is so right. He will be your greatest friend.
She went on reading and telling stories from the Bible. Things we've been reading her and talking to her about throughout her 3 years of life. I felt such joy at what she has learned! All our talks are not in vein, even when she seems distracted or I wonder if it is too big of a concept for her-God in his glory allows her childlike mind to grasp it. AMAZING!
Isaiah 55:11 "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."