“It’s like the ABC’s are getting BATH-tized,” proclaimed little Joel, as he sank the foam letters into the tub so they could stick to the shower wall.
“Why, you are right, Joel!” I replied, excited that he had absorbed the concept of baptism at church. While Joel moved on to lining up the letters on the wall, I pondered his astuteness.
From the mouths of babes, as the saying goes, comes much wisdom! In addition to Joel at home, I have the joy of leading my son’s church preschool class. These little ones all teach me so much.
One day we were talking during the play time and a little girl mentioned her Grandma and Auntie didn’t have Jesus in their hearts. I said we will have to pray for them. At circle time we had our usual songs and flannel graph Bible story, followed by a prayer.
After the prayer, the sweet girl repeated that we should pray for her Grandma and Auntie. It was good of her to be bold in reminding me! So when we had grace at snack time, we said a special prayer for them, hoping Jesus will open their hearts soon.
Our class always concludes with playdough or quiet bags for the children to do until their parents arrive. One week the children were sitting on their carpet squares around the room (one child, one carpet square, one bag – that’s the rule).
As parents started to arrive, I noticed one little boy watching the door for his daddy. He kept one eye on the door, while contentedly continuing his activity. I thought, “What a perfect example of how we are supposed to live!”
We are to continue in the work God gives us here on earth, with one eye always watching for Jesus’ return! As the boy jumped up when his daddy arrived, so will we run into the arms of Jesus when He comes.
Thank you to my dear preschoolers for teaching me!
Today’s TEA CUPP: Tell a child that Jesus loves him/her today, and be amazed by what this little one teaches you!
But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”
And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read,
‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected praise’?
Matthew 21:15-16 (NKJV)
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.