I’ve just got in from an early morning date with our eldest daughter. Before she went to bed last night I told her I would wake her at 6am and we could go on a date aslong as we were back in time for Dad to go to work at 7am, and he would look after Seth, our youngest Son.
It didn’t take much to wake her at all. I told her I would get Seth a bottle and then we could go, she very quickly replied, “What kind of date is it when you have to take a baby with you!?” Who knows where she’s picked that up from!
Anyway, we went to McDonalds, ordered breakfast, started playing a game of Go Fish. Wanting to to try and go a bit deeper with her I asked her what she was enjoying about life at the moment, “Well, I’m enjoying watching Buck Denver (www.whatsinthebible.com) and learning about God, but right now, this very moment, I’m enjoying being at McDonalds.” It didn’t take much longer to go deeper. I asked, “What are you finding difficult or sad at the moment?” “Well when that lady died and we had to travel and go to her funeral. Mum, that was so sad.” – that was quite a few weeks ago, but she’d obviously been thinking about it still. “We’re all going to die one day Grace – that’s how life is. Our life here on Earth is just for a bit and then if we have Jesus in our hearts, God takes us back to His home and we live with him forever.” “Is Hell near Heaven with God?” “Nope, Hell is very very far away and it’s a very sad place because God isn’t there. Everything God gives us isn’t there.” “Oh Mum, we must make sure Reuben, Seth and Maleah ask Jesus into their hearts, I don’t want them going there.”….words of a 5 year old. I was almost moved to tears. Do I have that kind of urgency for my friends and family? Is wanting my friends and family to enter into a relationship with God at the forefront of my thoughts, motives and actions?
I’m thankful for that time with Grace this morning and the nudge God gave me through her.
Revelation 1:16-18, “His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”