Where’s Your Bible?

“Where’s your Bible?” That question was asked of me recently by my six year old granddaughter, Laila. We were just getting in the car to drive over to my other granddaughter, Denell’s, soccer game. Laila went looking for one of my Bibles that I keep in the car, and it was not in its usual place. She asked me, “Where’s your Bible, Oma?” I said to her, “It’s up here, and then I handed it to her in the backseat.” That started our discussions about God…

This drive to the soccer game was about seven minutes long. But in that short period of time, much happened! Laila asked me how she could know God was here if she couldn’t see Him? I asked her if she knew the feeling of being loved? She said she did. I said to her, “Then you can feel God, because God is Love.” I told her that even though we can’t see God, He is all around us and lives in us, too, like the air and the wind. Laila was very serene on this day, seemingly very interested in the things of God. I wondered if it was time…I asked Laila if she would like to ask Jesus to come and live in her heart? She said that she would. And right there in the car while driving along, we prayed through knowing that Jesus is the Son of God…that He died on the Cross to take the punishment for the things we do wrong in our lives so we don’t have to be punished. We continued to pray about Jesus rising from the dead, and that when we believe in Him and ask Him to come and live in our hearts, we will live forever in Heaven with Him. She repeated everything sweetly and calmly after me. I then asked her to take a deep breath…she did. I said, “Do you see how full you feel? That is God living inside of you.” But this was not the end of the conversation, or the day…

Laila continued to ask questions about Heaven on our short drive. I told her that everyone dies, but when Jesus lives in our hearts we don’t really die, we move to Heaven where her Grandpa and Uncle Phil are. I told her that I will probably go to Heaven before her…to which she replied, “Oh NO!!” But I told her that is just the way it usually is, and that I would not want her to be sad for a long time because I will be happy living in Heaven. When we got back to her house after the game, Laila wanted me to color with her. I drew an apple tree, and she did too. She wanted to put the date on her drawing, so she did. Then she drew me another picture…it was of a rainbow. She handed it to me, and she said, “I want you to give this to Jesus when you see Him.” I took both pictures home with me that day, along with another one she had done of the tracing of her hand. I have them here now, in my Bible. One day, when I have moved on to Heaven, she will have these drawings as a sweet memory of our time together!

When Searching And Noticing the Divine, it doesn’t have to take very long…perhaps just a seven-minute drive. When asked, “Where is your Bible?”, let’s make sure it is handy! From there, many lessons can be learned, and even passed on to future generations. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5