Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Yucky Stuff on Jesus

Our three year old has always been really sensitive about people being mistreated. She can't get her brain around why people would be mean to other people. So even if it's a G rated movie, it really bothers her. She's extremely contemplative. I remember about a year ago after reading the story of Jesus dying on the cross in her animated children's Bible finding her probably 15 minutes later just sitting in her bed being quiet. I asked her what she was thinking about, and her response was, "Mommy, why did Jesus have to die on the cross?" (I mean, how can you get your head around such a concept at such a young age?) We answer her questions as best we can, but at the same time, I just struggle with wondering how in the world any of it can make sense. My family didn't talk a lot about all that when I was little, and so I can't fathom how such a young mind could even conceive such abstract ideas. So anyway, today her questions were, "Mommy, why did Jesus have all that yucky stuff on him?" and "Why did the soldiers (at first she called them hunters) beat Jesus?" After what seemed like the 10th time already today I had attempted to answer the questions , I looked at Randy and said, "You take this one, honey."

When we got home, she came inside and said, "I want to draw Jesus a picture, because the soldiers beat him." Like she wanted to make him feel better. As she proceeded to draw on seperate pieces of paper his arms and legs on the cross I thought about how precious she is. I want to become like a "little child", and be able to believe and feel with my heart fully, the way that she is so able to do.

1 comment:

carrie said...

Yeah, save those pictures- they will be precious memories for later. I still remember our first three year old revelation about Jesus dying on the cross and being able to live in our hearts. It was, "Mama, I want Jesus to live in my heart, but do I have to have his feet in my heart?" Jesse- 3yrs