During the last month or so, with everything locked down due to the coronavirus, Judah has been having very impactful experiences with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I’ve come into his room at night to tuck him into bed only to realize that he’s been having a conversation with Jesus on his own. He has been in such a tender place after these conversations that he’s felt very emotional as his heart is touched by the Holy Spirit.
Over Easter, we had been talking as a family about what had happened to Jesus on Good Friday and what Easter was all about. Judah had felt so moved with compassion that, while he was playing outside, he dropped down onto his knees and began to pray. Later, he told me, “Mom, I was praying that everyone would love Jesus and know what He did on Easter.” His heart has been so stirred for evangelism.
One of the most beautiful experiences he’s had this past month, though, was during a normal day at home. We had some worship music playing in the background and Judah was dancing around. Suddenly, he came running up to me and said, “Mom, I love to dance!” I responded, “Yeah, buddy, I love to dance too. It makes my body feel so good.” In a serious tone, he said, “No, Mom, when I dance with Jesus, my heart feels so happy. I just feel His love so much.” I wasn’t aware of the powerful encounter with Jesus he was having in that moment, but Judah wanted me to understand what dancing with Jesus meant to him.
During quarantine, we’ve been together as a family 24-7, so sometimes it feels as though the days are running together. But it’s been incredible to see the Holy Spirit coming alive inside of Judah. Our kids are aware of so much spiritually. It’s made me realize that there are so many small, seemingly insignificant moments with our kids that are actually having a big impact on them spiritually. Observing Judah has also called me into a greater awareness of the Holy Spirit throughout my day. Our kids have been given to us as gifts, and we need God’s grace and wisdom to know how to intentionally encourage their spiritual growth has they partner with heaven.