A conversation with my three year old:
“Laurel, what did you do just now?”
spit on Bethel.
I see. Why did you spit on Bethel?
I just did. [i.e., no reason]”Had Bethel been mean to you or done something you didn’t like?”
[torrent of information. Bethel had indeed been provoking.]
Do you know why spitting is a bad thing to do?
Do you remember the bad people who killed Jesus? They spit on him. Did they do that because they loved Jesus or hated him?
[yes, I know I’m seeding the question. She knows bad men don’t love Jesus. This is intentional manipulation.]
they hated him.
This is why we don’t spit on people. Does spitting show love to Bethel?
[And there you have it. We’ll see if it comes up again. I’m not sure where the preoccupation with spit came from. I was pleased though, to have a Bible example showing clearly the motive behind some spitting and certainly what seemed to be the motivation in our household.]