On the way home from my in-laws' house last night, Christian started asking question after question, just like she always does:
"How does the earth rotate?"
"How does the moon shine?"
"Why do rainbows appear?"
"Why do the planets go around the sun?"
"Why does it rain?"
"How does lightning strike?"
"What makes thunder?"
They're mostly scientific questions, but last night they shifted to God. She asked a bunch of questions, then asked how people get to Heaven. It was THE question I'd been waiting for.
I told her that the Bible says there is one way to get to Heaven: you have to believe Jesus is God's Son and that He died on the cross at Calvary and then rose from the dead, and ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and come into your heart.
She said, "Okay, but I'm not going to do it out loud."
So we listened to the radio (the Christian radio station that even Cullen demands be turned on when we get in the car! It really stinks when we drive out of town and out of range, because they both get soooooo annoying asking to listen to it!) for a few minutes.
After a little while Christian said, "Momma? I did it. I asked Jesus to forgive me of all my sins. Then I asked him to come into my heart. And then I heart a still, small voice (that really got me!) say, 'Yes ma'am. I'll do it right away.' So did He forgive me?"
With tears in my eyes I began telling her about how God forgives, but only if you ask Him to. And that once you ask, He erases it, like it never happened. In fact, He throws your sins as far away from Him as the East is from the West.
Then I told her that now that Jesus lives in her heart, she'll be able to understand things that people who don't have Jesus in their hearts will never be able to understand.
And she told me, "Yeah. And now I have to start learning more and more about Him. Because I know Him."
I am so proud of that girl.
P.S. In Matthew, when Jesus says:
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!
The word "know" or "knew," means to have an intimate relationship with, like a husband has with his wife. You can't just go to church and expect to show up in Heaven when you die. Not that church membership is a prerequisite for getting to Heaven. It's not. You have to have a deep and meaningful relationship with God.
I've always found that very interesting.