So here lately, after we finish homework books, I let Rae pick a story from her Storybook Bible. I feel like this is a good way to continuously expose her to our religion, faith, beliefs, etc. Last night would be what I’d call a bit of a doozy. She chose the story of Abraham and Isaac.
Just a little refresher for those who need it, Abraham was told by God to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. He chose to obey and sadly went through the process of preparing for sacrifice. Now before some of you get your panties in a wad, God did NOT allow the sacrifice to happen. It was a test of Abraham’s faith in Him. God stopped Abraham and saved Isaac using the opportunity to let him know that His son was coming and would be a great sacrifice to save His people.
This is how Rae reacted: “Umm, Mommy, that shouldn’t happen…God wouldn’t want that to happen…Why is Abraham doing that to his kid?” After each question I’d reply with a simple, “Just listen and see what happens”. This sufficed til the end of the story. Once she realized Isaac was safe and there was a happy ending, she said, “See? I told you God had that”.
After a few minutes of contemplation, she then says, “I just don’t get this whole dying thing”. As a parent, it took me a few seconds to recover from such a big statement. I asked what she meant by that. Her explanation was that she didn’t get why some kids and people die when they are still young. I replied with what I felt in my heart was the proper response. (Though some may not agree.)
I told her that God has a plan for everyone. He knows it before we are even born. Sometimes it takes many years for us to do that job, and sometimes it doesn’t take as long. Maybe the ones that die young have done their job assigned by God here on Earth, and he rewards them by bringing them home to Him. Yes, we miss them and our hearts hurt from it, but we have to remember that they are safe and happy.
She smiled the biggest smile, and gave me the biggest hug, and ended the conversation with “God sure does love us”. Yes He does, baby girl. He sure does.