Most mornings my granddaughter and I have Devotions together. I
used to read to her, but as a second grader she likes to do the reading. I love
encouraging her to read, especially God's Word. An added bonus is the bond that
we have developed over the past year. The discussions we have are usually lively
and often I am taught new truths from God's Word as well. I realize God can and
does use others to teach us, and the other morning was one of those moments. What
We are reading More Little Visits With God by Allan Hart
Jahsman and Martin P. Simon. The title of the story was, "Your Pets and You".
A little boy wanted a puppy in the story and Alexandra easily identified with
the child. The scripture basis was:
A good man cares for the life of his animals, but the love of the wicked is cruel (Proverbs 12:10).
father was letting the little boy know that he would need to take care of a puppy.
With blessings come responsibilities and the father wanted to make sure the little
boy knew God expected him to take care of a new puppy. The story ended with the
little boy understanding, memorizing the scripture from God's Word, agreeing to
do what it said, and getting his puppy.
At the end of each story are a
few questions starting with the basics such as whom, what and when. Alexandra
loves to have me answer them when she reads. Mind you, these questions are for
children, so you would think, piece of cake. I have noticed that sometimes they
are much harder than I anticipate, but usually I'm okay. She enjoys letting you
know if you're correct.
Well, this morning I was on a roll and thought
I was doing pretty well until I heard her say, "No, Grandma, that is not right".
Now, let's see how you would answer. The question was hypothetical: "What pet
do you think Jesus might have had as a boy?"
Now my imagination is not that wild,
so I came to what I thought was a very good answer. A dog! After all, the boy
in the story wanted a dog, so that seemed like a very logical conclusion. Wrong!
She began by telling me, "Think about it Grandma, we sing 'Worthy is the Lamb'
in church, so He had a lamb." Was I surprised to hear her answer! It meant she
had been listening. I know that Jesus was the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation
of the world.
Worthy is the Lamb, who is slain, to receive
power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise! (Revelation
That is what the phrase usually means, but in her reasoning
was a wonderful truth. After all, isn't Jesus the Good Shepherd and aren't we
often like sheep? I quickly agreed with her and went to work thinking about being
Jesus' pet lamb.
He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries
them close to his heart (Isaiah 40:11)
What a great picture
the Bible gives us. Think with me how you, like me, are so special to our Lord
that He loves us as little pet lambs. He even carries us in His arms, close to
His heart. The twenty-third Psalm comes to mind and tells us we are totally cared
for by the Shepherd.
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not be
in want (Psalms 23:1).
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