Today I ended up talking about sin and repentance in a little different context than I thought I would. I was rather tickled because I see God’s hand throughout the day, just as I’ve asked.
I was feeling somewhat guilty because I’ve not taken the time to sing with my children like I should. I can play the piano, I love to sing, but they don’t (somebody is always wanting to bang along with me and I have a hard time concentrating). So I thought maybe I’d do a little “hidden rule” that my mom has talked about: basically manipulating the situation so that the child makes the right choice without my intervention. In this case, I was going to let them stay up and sing, or go take a nap. I was pretty certain they’d stay up. But when I sat at the piano with baby before lunch, she let me play, and when she got tired of sitting with me, she got down and played without me. Bethel was singing with me. And then to my surprise, David came and got a hymnbook and asked me for Hymn 325 (he made up the number and was quite proud of himself). And when I played it, he sang with me. A few songs later he said, Let’s sing songs about Jesus dying on the cross. So we sang and talked very briefly about what some of the songs meant.
A bit later David asked where his Great Grandpa lived. When I finally realized he was talking about the grandpa that used to live in the desert, I told him that Great Grandpa died. Then he asked, Is he with God? So we got another opportunity to talk about spiritual truths. I stuttered a bit on this one. Uh… I think so. [but we don’t know another’s heart, so I don’t want to be too sure] If he [long pause here. should I say …got saved? …accepted Christ as his Savior? …repented of his sin? … asked Jesus to save him?] repented and asked Jesus to save him, then we’ll see him in heaven someday [uh, that is, if you ever get saved. Maybe I shouldn’t have sounded to sure at this point.]
I’m thankful for God’s faithfulness. I’m thankful for the glimpse into my children’s souls, that He’s indeed doing a work in there, even though I don’t often see it. And I’m thankful that their salvation will not be because I
had all the right words to say, but because of the power of the gospel to save those who believe.