This morning, my 3-year-old daughter Eden and I were having a conversation about fire (she tried to turn on the stove) and somehow we got to the story of Moses and the burning bush. She said, “I wanna hear that story!” I asked where she had put her Jesus Storybook Bible and she replied, “No, I want to read it from Daddy’s Bible!” My heart melted knowing how she observes her Daddy starting his day with the Lord right in the spot where we were sitting at the table. So, we turned to Exodus 3 and she patiently listened as I read it word for word.
I was in awe of how captivated she was! The story (with no pictures) wholly drew her in. A story about God hearing the affliction of His people, answering their cries, and making His name known. A story about a man who acknowledged his human limitations, but humbly submitted to have the Lord use him to save His chosen ones. A promise made by our great God to deliver His people from oppression. A story pointing us to the truer and better Savior, Jesus, who delivers His people from the shackles of sin and shame.
When my husband Matt got home today and we sat around the kitchen table, Eden asked to read the story again! She was on the edge of her seat, listening intently to her Daddy read God’s Word. In true Eden fashion, she promptly and comically gave him a little talking to after to make sure we would take the Bible in for bath time!
God used my baby girl to remind me today of His nature and character through the truths from Exodus 3. In doing so, He guided me to slow down and read about His faithfulness with childlike wonder…something I need to do much more. He drew me back into His narrative and let me have a glimpse into why Jesus says,
“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”