Having a four-year-old adds a whole new dimension to life! I've been a little caught off guard by the really deep questions about God, Jesus, Heaven and death. But so far, I've been able to come up with fairly good answers for everything to this point (except for the whole fish fiasco ... I had to let Randy explain why the fish's body was still here if he was REALLY in heaven)! To date, my favorite "deep" question was, "Mommy, can our beds be right next to each other in heaven?" I loved that one. Almost made me cry. She asks a lot of questions about what we get to have and do in heaven. But now enters the dreaded topic ... childbirth!
OK, if it weren't for her little friends, this would have remained a non-issue. When she asked me, "Mommy, how do babies come out?" I told her the truth -- when Mommy had you, I went to the hospital and the doctor did surgery on my tummy and took you out! That's true. And after lots of questions about "surgery," she was fine with that. Enter little friends who did NOT come into the world that way! So the three little girlfriends are all sitting around today talking about it (I have no idea why or how things come up with them) and Moriah proceeds to tell them how babies come out. To which her older friend (age 6) replies, "That's not how ALL babies come out!" Oh great, I'm thinking. What now??? Then Moriah asks, "How else do they get out?" Long dramatic pause as Mommy is searching for an answer that won't lead to more questions ... when six year old friend says, "The get PUSHED out!" Moriah looks horrified. "PUSHED OUT?" she says. "Mommy, is that TRUE???" I very nonchalantly said yep, but inside was thinking, "Oh no! NO NO NO!! Please don't ask the logical next question." And she didn't. She just said (in very typical Moriah style), "That's wild!" To which I replied, "Isn't it though!" And I quickly redirected to a new topic ... gotta love little friends ... who weren't born C-section!
Yep, life with a four-year-old is one intense moment of questioning after another!
Most of you who might be reading this know that I have been struggling for weeks with sickness in my house ... culminating this week with pneumonia in my little girl and walking pneumonia in my own body! Sometimes in the midst of sickness, I have such a hard time really hearing from the Lord. I read the Word, I pray, I sit quietly and listen, but sometimes the overwhelming despair of ongoing sickness makes it hard for me to REALLY hear Him.
So the funny thing is a few days ago, I visited my own blog ... right here, where you're reading now ... and the Lord spoke to me! And I heard Him! The little box to the right that says "There is LIFE in the Word" ... yep, that's where He spoke His word to me. It said, "Come to me all who are weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest!" I know that verse. Heard it, read it and prayed it a million times. But the fact that it was "randomly" selected to be on my blog that day made me feel like Jesus Himself was in control of my blog ... in fact, He is!
Then every day for the past few days, the same thing happens, I come to my blog to see what Jesus has for me! And today, low and behold: "We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair." Thanks, Lord. I needed that reminder, too! I'm sure tomorrow's Word will be timely as well! Obviously, it's no coincidence, but I think it's funny how the Lord can use anything to minister to our spirits ... in places we least expect it.