One of my favorite things to do is read to my children. That’s the time when we shut off the noise and pilfer the leaves of a manuscript filled with wonderful vocabulary. I love the exchange of me reading and them trying to enunciate each word or phrase in response; stumbling but verbalizing their way over every compound verb and common noun that obstructed their speech.
Today we began reading “A Ram Is Provided”, the Genesis 22:13 story of God requesting Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. We came to this passage in the story and I immediately stopped, took a deep breath and lost myself, “God provided the ram for Isaac. Later, God provided Jesus for the whole world”. Suddenly a surge of tears flooded my eyes and I didn’t bother attempting to gather myself. My children were looking at me cross. But at that moment, I was shameless.
Straightway I began to give thanks and consider all the ways and times God had spared and taken care me over the years. I fell short and He redeemed the time. I fell apart and He picked up the pieces. My heart was broken and He mended it. Today marks the eve of my thirty-sixth year of existence on this earth, twenty-seven of which I spent underneath the umbrella of salvation. I didn’t always make the best choices. But let me just say, without ANY disinclination, He’s never let me down.
Read to your children.
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