Mouths of Babes….Malachi
They were all piled on the bed.
Sprawled out during our nightly family devotions.
We are reading through the Bible as a family, and we’re camped out in the book of Numbers right now.
I know, I know, not exactly an attention-grabber book of the Bible for little ones.
But you would be surprise, how much our family has gotten out of reading the book.
Even little, hardly-talking-yet Malachi.
Daddy’s voice was gone, so Mommy was reading that night from Numbers 13….
“ But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amoriteslive in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”
And while I read it, all of a sudden half-asleep Malachi pops up and starts pointing to himself,
“Me!? Me!? Me!?”
It didn’t register in my mind, so I was about to scold him about needing to be quiet during family devotions, but Danny caught it…
“He heard Amalakite. And he thinks you said his name.”
Well, prove me wrong again.
All those nights that I spend half of family devotions breaking up feet fights between children sprawled on a bed, they might just be listening,
And through all the times I keep telling them to be quiet and listen, they might just be listening.
And even if I’ve just yelled at them, I still gather them to hear God’s Word despite the fact that the one reading it is unworthy to share it with them, they might just be listening.
And those Words, and my prayers might just be laying dormant for a time, but Malachi’s little reaction gives me hope, that life will come from the seeds planted.
So, I’ll keep breaking up feet fights, and keep reigning in attention spans, and keep quieting talkative preschoolers, and keep bringing those kids to the Source of Strength that we all need desperately….
banking, all the while, on the promise…
so is My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.