Saturday, 29 November 2008
(note: Now that Revelife has grown, we want to bring up some good posts from the archives that you might've missed.)
I'm 23 years old, not married, and have no kids. I have two nephews, though, and they are the cutest things in the world.
This past weekend, the older one, who is 8 years old, was playing his toy guitar, which is pretty much an air guitar with real guitar sounds. Anyway, my boyfriend was teaching him how to play his favorite song from Iron Man. My nephew was inspired! He sat down and told me he was going to write some lyrics.
Some time later he came up to me and said, "Look, I wrote down some lyrics!" On one side of the paper were lyrics and music notes to his Ironman song. Then he flipped it over and said, "This is my secret song. I wrote it about God." I was so surprised, I wasn't sure what to say, but I knew I wanted to probe a little further so I asked, "What did you write about?"
He answered, "I wrote that God is good and He's the master."
And I said, "Wow... that's pretty cool. What do you think about God?"
He replied, "Well, I know that He's good and I pray to Him."
"How do you feel when you pray?" I asked.
He said, "When I pray, I feel like He's all around me."
And I said, "Yea, He is around you when you pray."
A little while later he came back to me and said, "God loves all good people."
I replied, "Yes, he does."
My nephew stood there for a minute thinking, then said, "God loves all good people, but I have a question: does He love bad people too?"
I was pretty shocked at this point. I'd never come across a child so thoughtful before (maybe I'm just biased because he's my nephew, but right then I thought he was the most intelligent child in the world.) Anyway, I told him, "God loves bad people too. Bad people need God too."
And he replied, "Yea, God does love bad people too because they have to learn sometime. They can't be bad forever."
And I said, "Yeah, that's true."
Later when my boyfriend came back, my nephew sat him down and showed him his songs. I said to my boyfriend, "He wrote a song about God."
We both turned to my nephew and asked him to sing it for us. He got really shy and didn't want to sing it because he thought he'd be embarassed, but we persisted, telling him that we'd love to hear it. My boyfriend volunteered to play the toy guitar with him while he sang the song. So they sat there and he sang his little song about God being good and being the master. I was so shocked - he'd even come up with his own melody for the song.
Watching my nephew and hearing him be excited about writing a song for God was pretty amazing; I always knew that God blessed us with children because of their innocence and pure hearts, but this was beyond what I'd ever known before. I loved God even more for allowing me to witness something so wonderful.
Do you ever see God through kids?