Since quarantine started, life at home had been a bit wild with two young boys. I’ve become a homeschool mom overnight, so it’s been challenging for me to find time with Jesus let alone teach my kids. One morning, though, I was in my room spending some time with the Lord. My husband was making breakfast in the kitchen with the boys, when our 6-year-old, Brooks, came into our bedroom. He saw me there with my Bible, journal, and worship music playing and asked what I was doing. I explained that I was spending time with the Lord. He wanted to come and join me, so we sat in bed together. Then, he asked what I was writing about in my journal.
Surprised by his sudden interest, I shared with him a little about what Jesus had been telling me. We then lay together, listening to worship, while Brooks focused on drawing a picture of a globe. When I asked him about it, he explained that the picture was about people all over the world coming to know Jesus. To my surprise, he quoted John 3:16 and then proceeded to explain the other aspects of the picture: There were angels being released all over the globe to bring healing for the coronavirus, Jesus’ blood was being poured out onto the world, and there were swirls of color that he described as “the holy wind from Jesus’ wing of protection.”
This is not the normal vocabulary of our house, so I knew Brooks was having an encounter with Jesus. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, “Mom, I’m so happy, I think I might cry.” We lay there together as my 6-year-old experienced the presence of God. He asked me to read the Bible out loud to him, so I read some of the Psalms I’d been reading. Afterward, he said, “When Jesus comes, my heart feels so big, if feels as big as my body.” I was blown away. Most days, as a parent—especially during quarantine—I’m just hoping my kids survive until the evening. But to see my son encounter the Lord for himself was the greatest gift. I have always prayed Isaiah 54:13 over my boys, “Your children will be taught by the Lord.” And, that morning I got to see that promise become a reality. There is not greater joy.