Children can be the best teachers!

Over the weekend, I was the guest of my loving cousin and her two children, ages 7 and 10.  Brody, the 7-year-old, invited me to sleep on the bottom bunk bed in his room while he would sleep on the top bunk.

Before falling asleep, he crawled into the bottom bunk with me so we could read some stories.   He chose several of his favorite books from the bookshelf.  One was the story of Moses in the basket.  Here’s a recap:

Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, was worried that there would be too many Israelites to control if a war happened, so he sent out an order to throw the Hebrew baby boys into the Nile River!

After Moses’ birth, his mother hid him for three months but when she couldn’t keep him a secret any longer she put baby Moses in a basket that could float on water and sent it off onto the river. God protected Moses and made the basket float by Pharoah’s daughter when she was bathing in the river. She knew he was a Hebrew baby but he was crying and she felt sorry for him.  (

In the book Brody and I were reading, the story ended with the line: “So, God saved the life of baby Moses.”  Enthusiastically, Brody exclaimed, “Good job, God!”

His comment made me laugh, and then later, wonder.  How often am I complimenting God on His marvelous plan?  Too many times, I’m asking, “How is this going to work out?” and “When is this prayer going to be answered?”

How often do I thank God for bringing me this far, for His promise to complete a good work in me, for His protection in travel, for not answering prayers that would take me away from His plan for my life?

We serve a God we can trust with every detail of our lives, and I would agree with Brody that God’s doing a very good job.

Oh, Lord, please give us child-like faith!

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.  And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:2-3