In a recent parenting class, our family pastor was talking about informally training and teaching our children. He made the point that everything in life is an opportunity to teach, and we shouldn’t just rely on church services or devotion times at home. Now I completely agree with this; however, his first example had to be how you respond when your child comes running up to you with a bug or a lizard. Hmm. This story came to mind. He asked if our first reaction was to tell them to take it out of the house. Yes. Or do we use it as a way to talk about God and his creation? Hmm, again. I laughed to myself and thought, “I don’t know why I can’t talk about God and His creation after the bug or lizard is safely outside!”
Well, wouldn’t you know that exactly two days later Faith, my ten-year-old, caught a lizard outside. Of course she wanted to SHOW it to me. I went out there and was slammed with the memory of our pastor’s message. I blurted out much too loudly the only thing that came to mind, “Who made the lizard?”
“God did Mom,” she replied and looked at me really strangely. Her expression said “Duh!”
I came back inside laughing at myself. Couldn’t I have done better than that? Oh well, okay, I grabbed my camera and went back out to take a picture. But when she told me she thought it was about to leap out of her hands, I was through! No, all of God’s little creatures I’ll admire from afar. I don’t want them on me; I don’t want to hold them, but I’m glad my kids like them and enjoy them…outside!
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