Our little guy has become quite good at reacting to key words. For example if we say “train” he responds with “choo-choo”, or the word dog always receives a hearty “woof-woof”. Lately the word “pray” has resulted in him stopping in his tracks to fold his hands and bow his head. The funny thing is we aren’t really strict on this, we just more taught it as a sign so he understood what we were doing.
Today there were a couple of examples. I received a message from a friend relating a heartbreaking prayer request that I then read out loud to my husband. When I said we need to remember to pray, Caleb put down his fork and folded his hands. He was absolutely right. This was a perfect time to lift this up to God.
Early this morning Caleb turned on some worship music on the IPad (it feels funny writing that, but it is a daily occurrence). He started “singing” along to it, and swaying back and forth, then when he really got into it he jumped off the couch and started dancing, raising his hands. (You can hear the powerful song below).
My heart was really stirred. Honestly, my little boy was lost in worship. I started to say to him “God loves your worship”, but all I got out was “God” and he froze, folded his hands and bowed his head!
I instantly hurried to tell him, no what you’re doing is good, you don’t have to stop! And he carried on. I was a little concerned that he was associating the name of God to stopping what you’re doing and performing an action.
As we have gone along with our day and I prayed about it, I am not as concerned. Instead, I have been wondering how I am representing the Lord to my son daily here.
A couple questions I asked myself:
- Do the words “God”, “Jesus” or “Prayer” seem to trigger simply a mechanical response?
- Would my child know that Jesus loves them deeply, for who they are, regardless of what they do?
Obviously my son is too young to know the answers to these and to tell me himself, they were simply more for my introspective self.
As we were reading in the last chapter of Job, God reprimands Job’s friends because they did not represent him accurately to Job in his time of need.
“I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken accurately about me” Job 42:7b
The Lord forgives them and blesses Job, but an important truth is still hidden there. We are representing the Lord to someone all the time. Are we reflecting him accurately?
I hope and pray that as time goes on I will be able to portray an example of the Lord’s love and faithfulness, righteousness and holiness in a balanced way to my son and kids to come.
I think we can take away a lot from what Jesus says to the man he healed from possession by many demons in Mark 5:19
But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”
I know in my life God has done many things, some I have written down, others that I have probably forgotten. These testimonies will be wonderful stories to share with my family and a great legacy to leave to build faith in future generations.