Think Upon Such Things-part one (in case you missed it)
For the past few months, my kids have been wild about listening to The Jesus Storybook Bible in the car. It’s a paraphrase of scripture for kids by Sally Lloyd-Jones and is read on CD by British actor David Suche. We’ve listened to all 3 CDs at least 10 times through. I have contemplated hiding it for a while to vary our driving experience, but it has changed us. I know it has.
My 4 1/2 year old son (who apparently is an audible learner) has large amounts of it memorized. He’s been quoting it while playing cars and digging in the yard. At night when we read from the same Bible he chimes in right along with me- with a British accent, mind you. I could go on and on about the pearls in this experience, but there is a phrase repeated throughout this storybook that is teaching our hearts such truth. It says, “God loves you with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.”
Deep down in the foundation of their minds, I want my kids to know that God’s love is like that.
Listening to God’s story in the car has been a golden thread for me too. It has taken my mind away from whatever is frustrating me and has focused it on the crazy stuff God does- the loving, redemptive and powerful stuff. And on the days I am really struggling, it has brought me such comfort. This past Christmas morning while eating orange-vanilla monkey bread and watching our squealing kids run around the house, my body began to let go of the baby that had just begun to grow inside. No matter how early or how common it can be, miscarriage is hard.
We hope for another child and trust God for His best, but I get sad sometimes and worry about the future. When the story of Abraham and Sarah comes on The Jesus Storybook Bible CD (about every 4 days) I hear this line and it puts me right where I need to be. “Of course it was as easy for God to give her a baby as it was for him to make all the stars in the sky.” I am reminded that I don’t need to worry if I’m too old to get pregnant again (Sarah was 90!) or if God cares for me and knows best for our family. Especially when the story right before that says, “But all the stars and the mountains and oceans and galaxies and everything were nothing compared to how much God loved His children. He would move heaven and Earth to be near them. Always. Whatever happened, whatever it cost Him, He would always love them.”
That’s all I need to hear.
Sometimes I forget that I can choose the words and images that fill my days. At least some of them. I get bombarded and my circumstances throw me around, but I can control the floodgate to make sure it doesn’t get flung open. Wisdom comes with filtering through the truth and the lies and holding on to what is real.
And I have a strong hand to hold.