Sinking Stones and Evening Devotions with My Children
I am a father of three small children – two of which are old enough (2 and 4) to take part in evening devotions. Last night we read the story of the Passover in Exodus in The Big Picture Story Bible. Even though David Helm (author of Big Picture) does a superb job of telling the story for young hearts, while still preserving the deep truths, I often finish reading and think – They didn’t understand much of this story, much less its significance. I can, at times, have anxiety or display impatience in teaching my children to trust in the Gospel.
I once heard (sorry, I don’t remember where) that evangelism to children is like throwing rocks upon a frozen pond. Everyday you throw one rock after another, as they begin to pile on top of the ice. Nothing seems to penetrate the frozen surface. Until one day the sun comes out, the frozen surface melts, and all your rocks that you have thrown over the years sink to the floor of the pond.
How God works his sovereign goodness over my children’s salvation with my responsibility to faithfully teach them, I don’t know. His wisdom is unsearchable and his paths untraceable. Yet, may we, as parents, be faithful in giving our children categories to know God and understand his Gospel, so that when the warmth of God’s light shines upon their hearts, they will believe and rejoice with great joy!