Making the invisible God real to
a young child is probably the hardest task any parent faces. Think about it: If
the Law of God is a reflection of His character, a parent is to reflect that
character to their children. As a parent, you are a living illustration of God
to your child. The Law of God must be re-shaping who you are in order for you to
shape your child.
One of the methods of teaching
our children about the living God is to demonstrate our willingness to help
them in all their basic needs and menial tasks. It’s one thing to feed and
clothe our children; it’s quite another to put our own desires aside in order
to meet their desires. That means we must be willing to stop what we’re doing,
or get up from our resting place in order to be with them, play with them,
acquiesce to their reasonable requests.
The other day, I asked my little
girl to set the table for breakfast. I made sure that everything she needed was
within easy reach – I had prepared the way for her to obey cheerfully and
willingly; but, she frowned at me, unwilling to stop her play.
I assured her the task would not
take long and then she could resume her play. The frown became a scowl. I
stopped preparing breakfast. Drawing near to her, I knelt beside her and softly
said: “I made a simple request of you and now you are upset with me. Why have
you let Satan cause you anger? Ask Jesus to help you push Satan away. Ask Jesus
to help you obey mommy.” She folded her arms over her chest and huffed.
I saw she was not yet able to
surrender. Not wanting to give her time to escalate, I quickly asked: “May I
pray for you?” To this request she succumbed and knelt with me. I prayed for
her and after a short prayer for help from Jesus, I asked: “How’s your heart?”
Not quite willing to let go of her irritation with me, she said: “A little,
tiny bit better.” Then, with my help, she willingly set the table for
How did this scenario help make
the invisible God real to my child? Because, I am teaching her to ask the Lord
to help her in the little things of life and He answered.1 Each
answered prayer affirms and reaffirms that He is listening to her and working
with her. He is becoming more and more real to her every day, in every
And so, as we work, I ask my 4
year old to join me in singing the little song:
will take care of you
every day, in every way
will take care of you!
will take care of you.