This week I have such a wonderful insight into God’s word to share, I’ll be sharing it in two posts.
Even as I write this my eyes want to tear up, but I must share this precious story.
Here’s the background …
My wife and I purchased two Kindles Fires for our daughters, Emma Grace and Ella, as gifts for them to enjoy while we travel on business during the summer. I know what you’re thinking – Kindles for an eight and six year old, really! Are you serious?
We thought that too; especially since the girls’ behavior can be a tad challenging not to mention the drama! But we had hoped the Kindles would “light a fire under them” when it came to practicing their school work all summer long. Our plan was for them to earn playtime on it once they had done their school work.
We arrived in Columbus, OH on our first business trip and I couldn’t wait to give them “their surprise.” My wife wanted to talk to them about it first but I just couldn’t wait. So while at the hotel breakfast on the first day, when my wife was working, I broke out the Kindles. The girls were beside themselves with excitement.
Out of the mouths of babes …
While walking around the Easton Shopping Area in Columbus, Ohio my wife,Amy, told me about a conversation she had with our eight year old daughter, Emma Grace. Amy said she had been so impressed with how Emma Grace had been behaving that she had to ask Emma Grace what was so different. Here’s what Emma Grace said:
When daddy first brought out the Kindle I thought it was for me and Ella to share so I was glad about the Kindle but not so glad about having to share it with Ella. Then, I saw him bring out a second one. When he handed it to me I just couldn’t believe you guys got me a Kindle … MY OWN Kindle! And I kept thinking about it, how I didn’t deserve it, but you still bought it for me … I just had to change my behavior … I wanted to change my behavior. I mean you got me MY OWN Kindle!
We thought Emma Grace might shape up her behavior to “earn” time on the Kindle. It never occurred to us that she would change her behavior simply because she reflected on how good it is to receive something you don’t deserve.
Jesus showed us once again, first hand, how His mercies are fresh every morning. And, the praises of His mercies can come from a babe like my eldest daughter. How perfect for us to see through the eyes of of a babe, Jesus’s love towards the undeserving. God did the same thing in that He gave the world what it did not deserve; His only Son Jesus. God’s word says, God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
All to often we have ears but do not hear and eyes but do not see. My little Emma Grace chose to see that day. And by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit she realized her need and had a desire to make a change in her behavior. Maybe she did the math and realized that more often then not she received far more then she ever deserves. The fact is, what she said moved her parents to once again see The Lord moving in their midst.
Look for PART II of Out of the Mouth of Babes on Friday …