Day 10 | Remembering Who He Is–Savior

day 10I remember when our first daughter, Katie, was in the “sleeping bag phase”.  She really wanted to sleep with us, but was not allowed due to principal of preserving the marital relationship and, if truth be told, due to a double sized bed which only comfortably slept two.  So the closest that she could finagle was sleeping in the hallway outside our room in her sleeping bag.  This sleeping bag phase lasted for a year and a half; which was fine with both mother and child, because her room was always neat, and I didn’t have to wash the sheets!

So our nightly bedtime routines took place in the hallway.  One night, as I was tucking her in (as much as is possible with a sleeping bag), she asked me to tell her a “missionary story”.  She loved to hear the true tales of our experiences on the mission field.  So I obliged, and told her the story of a jungle boy who loved Jesus.  Towards the end of the story, she interrupted me with an odd question:  “Mama, how does he get in there?”  Racking my brain about the story, I came up short with what she was asking…how does the boy get in the jungle?  How does he get in his hut?   So I asked her what she meant.  She replied, “How does Jesus get in your heart?”

I replied that you ask him to enter your heart, you tell him you are sorry for all of the things that you do wrong, and you ask him to make you into a new creation.  She quickly replied, “But…how does he get in there?”  I thought for a moment, and then replied with a question to her.  I said, “Katie, when you are outside playing on a windy day, do you see the wind?”  “No, ma’am”, she replied. Then I said, “But can you feel the wind on your face?  Can you see the wind blowing the trees?”  “Yes, ma’am”, she replied.  “That is what it is like to have Jesus in your heart…you can’t see him enter, but once he does, you feel his presence, and you see that he is working in your life.”

We continued on with our nighttime routine:  singing, hugs, water, etc.  Just as I was about to leave the hallway, Katie quietly, but firmly, said, “I want to do that, Mama.  I want to ask Jesus into my heart.”  So I returned to kneel beside her sleeping bag, and led her in the prayer for salvation.  As soon as she prayed, she joyfully exclaimed, “I get it, Mama!  It’s like the song…”  And she began to sing a heartfelt rendition of the beautiful song….

I have decided to follow Jesus.

I have decided to follow Jesus.

I have decided to follow Jesus,

No turning back, no turning back.

 

Though none go with me, still I will follow.

Though none go with me, still I will follow.

Though none go with me, still I will follow.

No turning back, no turning back….

 

As I left the hallway, I was overcome with the privilege that I had just experienced.  I was there when she was born into this earth, and I was there when she was born again.

Jesus is the Savior of the world.  He wants to be your Savior.  Do you know him as Savior?

 

The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!

                          Psalm 18:46

 

1 Comment Day 10 | Remembering Who He Is–Savior

  1. Deborah Yeates

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story.
    My oldest granddaughter (age 3) asked me
    Where Jesus lived. I told her, in our hearts. She looked so confused. I can’t wait to tell her about the wind. Thanks again, and love to all. Tell Katie I said hi.

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