Babies and Bible Stories

It’s 7:30 p.m. The sun is quickly fading in the western sky. The day is drawing to a close. It’s been a long day. There have been so many tears. One child has an ear infection and the other has strep throat. It’s a busy time at work; the annual fund-raiser is just around the corner and your community has been hit hard economically, so giving is down.

After a long day, it’s tempting to rush bedtime. You’ve been counting down the minutes because a warm bath and a few moments of quiet solace would nurture your weary soul. As you're pushing your child toward bed, she turns to look at you and says, “But Mama, we have to read a Bible story first.”

You think, "Not tonight. I just want a few moments of 'me' time." Yet, as you look in her eyes, and though you know that part of her is just trying to avoid bedtime, you smile and reply, “Oh yes, dear. Let’s read a Bible story. Thank you for remembering that.” And as she curls up in your lap and tells you all about the big fish and how dark it is inside its belly, you’re reminded of God’s great love for His children and His unfailing patience.

Living as a mother on mission involves many nights like this one. Though you want to call it a night and just put the children to bed, those moments before bedtime, when the Bible stories are read and the prayers are said, have profound kingdom implications. As Andy Stanley said, “Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.”

Those little ones God’s entrusted to your care need your perseverance. They need you to open your mouth with wisdom and teach them with kindness (Prov. 31:26) so that they can hope in God and follow him (Psalm 78:7). Missional motherhood means we “run with perseverance the race marked out for us” for God’s glory and our children’s good (Heb. 12:1 NIV). So, press on, mama.


Rachel Forrest is a 30-something working mom of two. Though she’s an event planner and office manager by day, she’s truly a logophile. She loves words and creating with them. When she’s not chasing her toddlers, you can find her nose stuck in a book. She also writes about the “coffee stains and growing pains” of motherhood at www.rachelforrest.me.

 

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