He sings while playing cars. Giving imaginary people some music to drive along the road to. And while I’m wrist deep in suds, I hum along. Amazed at how much his 4 year-old mind remembers. He stops short of the bridge. I look up and notice his car has, too.
“Mom, what does author mean?”
These are some of my favorite moments each week. When I stop to take advantage of them that is. I wring my dishrag and hang it to dry. Yes, it’s time to explain this song he’s grown so fond of. After silently thanking God for always giving me good reasons to use google, I pull up the lyrics. And with much prayer, I try to explain each line in a way a 4 year-old should understand them.
Everyone needs a friend who understands
To be loved no matter what
To be gentle to them
Everyone needs to hear ‘I’m Sorry’ and know it’s okay
To be kind, just like Jesus
To believe everyone can be that nice
Well, we know Jesus
He can do the impossible
He is the biggest and the strongest and can save us
Jesus wrote the Book on how we can be saved
He proved nothing can stop Him (at Easter)
When Jesus showed us He lives even today
and we pray
Jesus, I will be Your child, here I am
Sometimes I am scared and make mistakes
But you make me a better person
I’m going to do what You would want me to do
I’m going to believe what the Bible says
I’m Your child
I’ll live so that others see
See Jesus living in me
He’s the one
The living King
I stretch my neck round, try to catch a glimpse of his reaction. He’s still on my lap, his eyes fixated on the screen in front of us. I’m bummed I hadn’t thought to do this sooner. Spent time reflecting on what my explanation would be before winging it. I’m praying I brought Him glory and didn’t miss anything catastrophic when my boy turns to me. His eyes lit.
“So, author means to write a book!”
He jumps off my lap and skips back to his cars. I quickly follow, grasping for hope with each step.
“That’s right, bud. That’s what it means. Do you understand what the song means now, too?”
“Mom, I already knew what the song meant.”
“Really? What does it mean?” and I realize I’ve never even asked myself this question. I am not quite sure what the answer should be.
He puts a car through his toy car wash. And studies the small dial that makes the car go through on its own. As he begins to turn the knob, he says,
“It means Jesus. We just need Jesus.”
How about you? Do you know this worship song?
What does it mean to you? I’d love to hear.
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Thank you for sharing your time with me.