Today, my 3-yr-old Zoe woke up sobbing. As I wiped away the tears and asked her what was wrong.
“I want Jesus to come back to life! I just love Him so much!”
“Babe, Jesus DID come back to life, and He loves you too. Zoe, do you want to ask Jesus into your heart? Do you really want to know him?”
“Yes, daddy. I do.”
This is the conversation every God-fearing parent hopes to have with their child. But can I be honest? Sometimes I wonder if my child is genuinely seeking to understand, if when she says she “loves Jesus” she really means it, because maybe we’ve just “trained” her to say those things.
Is it really HER who believes it? Can a 3-yr-old “get it”?
Paul, one of the New Testament writers, seemed to think so. In his second letter written to his “son” Timothy, he reminds him that “from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:14-15)
You know what this tells me? God doesn’t put an age limit on personal revelation. He’s not deterred if you’re a person who hits your sibling or can’t say the word “yellow” or throws temper tantrums in Safeway or hasn’t quite mastered wiping your bum. God doesn’t care about that stuff. He’s simply looking for an open and pliable heart.
At bedtime Zoe and I prayed, thanking Jesus and asking for the Holy Spirit in her life. When we finished, I asked her,
“Zoe, do you feel any different?”
She looked down and patted her chest.
“My heart is talking.”
“What’s it saying?”
“’I love you, Zoe’.”
That was the moment I knew it was real for her. An answer as innocent and honest as that can only be a genuine response to the very real voice of God speaking to her heart.
So today, this is my prayer for every one of us: That we would quiet ourselves and realize our hearts are talking.
God is speaking to every one of us, regardless of our age or our past or our current life circumstances. And it’s not supposed to be complicated. Jesus told us in Matthew 18:3 that “unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
If a 3-yr-old can hear the voice of Almighty God speak directly to her heart, so can we. Jesus just wants us to keep it simple with “childlike faith”.
So stop and listen. Because your heart is talking.
What’s it saying?