A few years ago we started talking about God in our house with our children. We started praying at meal times and individually. We have not really prayed as a family but occasionally we do. One thing we just don’t think about or realize is how our children interpret things unless they clue us in which every now and again my children enlighten me.
If you have been following the 31 day challenge I am doing you read about my five year old son having surgery yesterday. This little guy is smart and very inquisitive!! He asks questions a lot and if he doesn’t understand the answer he will let you know and expect a different answer. I love this about him even though at times it is hard to explain the answers to him. He is also a big worry wart. Now this is bothersome to me a little because he will worry about something so much that I fear it is not good for him. I knew that having surgery was really weighing on his mind so on Sunday night when we were laying together before bed and I asked him if we should say a prayer. He likes to pray and does it often. He will even stop what he is doing and go somewhere he can be alone and pray!! Anyway, as I was praying asking God to give the medical staff steady hands and wisdom to perform the surgery I asked God to comfort Blake so he would not worry and not be scared. He stops me in the middle of my prayer and says, “That doesn’t work!” A little shocked I ask, “What doesn’t work?” He informs me that when he is sleeping and it is dark and he is scared, God doesn’t come turn the light on for him!!! Wow, I had to hold back from laughing but his kid was dead serious. This was no joking matter.
Obviously my prayers are much different than that but to a five-year-old that is an important prayer. So now I have to try and figure out how to explain why God doesn’t come turn the light on and hope this doesn’t make him think God doesn’t answer prayers.
The good news is that when we got home from our hour and a half drive from the hospital, my son says, “God did help me! He helped me at the hospital and he made sure we got home safe!” This made my heart smile! He had not given up on God because one prayer was not answered the way he thought it should be. What a smart kid!! It is funny what we can learn from our children.
Even when we don’t feel like God is answering our prayers we need to keep turning to him in prayer! As I learned in my Devotion this morning, prayer doesn’t change God, it changes us!! We need prayer to soften our hearts. We need prayer to grow closer to God.
As I was worried that my son would not pray anymore or that he would question God, I read my devotion this morning titled “Questioning God!” How appropriate! God wanted to ease my mind as a parent and he did so through that devotion. God is good!!
I just wanted to share that little story to encourage you so you can see that God is here for us even when we question him or when we don’t think he answers our prayers. God is doing some amazing work in my little mans heart. Here are a few pictures from yesterday.
The thing he was looking forward to the most about having surgery was that he might get to ride in a wheelchair so we made sure that happened:) He was a trooper and I know God was watching over him!!