My oldest daughter, Emily, is a work of God’s goodness and grace unfolding before my eyes.
Is she perfect? Well, of course she’s not. No one is-especially not a 9 year old little girl, but I see in her a “perfecting” work of God. He is transforming her into the image of Christ everyday. If that is as close to perfect as we will ever get, then I will surely take it!!
Nothing ever did this Mommy’s heart prouder than Emily’s writing project this year. The kids in her class were asked to write about their favorite heroes. Kids chose to write about anything from a firefighter, a parent or even fictitious characters like Spider Man or Captain America. Emily told us about the upcoming assignment when she was in the “subject picking” stage. She asked us if she should write about her Daddy. Then, she asked “Can I write about Jesus?”
The fact that she was even considering writing hers about Jesus was a great thing in my eyes. After that, I didn’t really hear anything more about the assignment. She did the bulk of it as a classroom project, so we didn’t see it until the day of the “student-led” teacher conferences.
Emily’s school does one student led conference per year. Before the night of the conference, the students and teachers go over the agenda for the conference. One of the items of work she was set to present that night was her “Hero” paper. The papers of the whole class were all displayed on a section of the wall out in the hallway. Emily was nervous to read her paper to us, because it had to be read out loud to us while the teacher listened on from afar.
I was so amazed that she actually decided to write the paper about Jesus. By God’s grace, His message is getting through to her.
One of the things that we try to teach our children is that the bible is God’s book, “His-story” as some put it. The problem is that we often see “HIS-story” told with the main character left out. God is the hero of every story in the Bible, and He is also the hero of this story called life. God designed it to be that way from the beginning.
Take Noah, for example. We can tell the story of the flood in this way, thus making Noah the hero:
God told Noah that He was going to send rain and flood the earth. He told Noah to build an ark for all the people and animals to board in order to be saved from the flood. Noah obeyed God. Because Noah obeyed, people were saved. Isn’t Noah good?
OR we could tell it this way, where God is the hero:
God told Noah that He was going to send rain and flood the earth. He told Noah to build an ark for all the people and animals to board in order to be saved from the flood. Noah obeyed God. God kept them safe on the ark, just as He had promised! Because God kept His promise, people were saved. Isn’t God good?
I realize that it seems so subtle, but it really isn’t! As I have grown in knowledge of who God is and how He works, the more I know HE is the hero of this universe! Let’s look at some verses that talk about God:
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
So, WOW. We can’t even begin to fully understand Him! The understanding we do gain about Him is by His grace alone! “Who has been His counselor?” Yeah, so I know for sure I will never tell God anything that He doesn’t already know!! Chew on that for a minute!
What about the phrase above that says “Or who has given a gift to Him that he might be repaid?” Meditate on that thought! And think, He lavished the greatest gift of Jesus upon sinful people that friendship with Him would be restored!
I am thankful that God, by the death of His Son, Jesus, chose to do I transforming work in this little heart of mine! I am also thankful for the work I see Him doing in my 9 year old little girl. I am so glad that she sees Jesus as her hero. The fact that Jesus would come to earth as a man, suffer and die for sinful people, for me, makes Him the HERO of my life!!
Now turn the question on yourself…Who is your hero??
Written that the name of Jesus might be praised,