By Kim Wagner
I had the opportunity to help out in the “Infants and Crawlers Class” last week and was amazed. We had eight little ones. Two were in swings, two were in our laps, and the rest were gathered (in various stages of crawling, standing and sitting) around the teacher. The children were fascinated with her large laminated pictures of Rahab and the spies she protected. As Miss Emily started telling the story, every child looked expectantly into her animated face.
Now, you might be a little intimidated to tell the story of a prostitute to a group of crawlers . . . but Miss Emily forged right in. She wisely omitted large or difficult words. She left out age-inappropriate details (Rahab’s occupation never came up) and she told the story with energy and enthusiasm. The entire group of pre-talkers seemed enthralled. One drifted to crawl to a toy nearby, but once the toy was in hand, she reconnected with Miss Emily’s narrative.
I don’t know what/if they were able to comprehend. Being under a year old, they probably won’t remember hearing about the woman who feared the powerful but good God. Or that Rahab did a brave thing in protecting the spies from bad men who wanted to hurt them. They may not consciously comprehend the idea of God’s goodness or the importance of fearing and obeying Him.
But one thing was evident . . . their little souls were soaking up truth.
I think infants understand more than we realize and no matter how little it seems they
comprehend, they need truth poured into their lives. Miss Emily prays Scripture over each
child as she changes their diaper. She sings songs about God’s love for them. She demonstrates Christ’s heart for children as she rocks them and frequently hands out tender hugs.
Scripture backs up this idea. Paul mentions that Timothy was exposed to Scripture since
“ . . . from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15)
The Greek word that is translated “childhood” is most often used in referring to infants or even those still in the womb! So moms, it’s really never too early to start pouring Scripture into your little ones’ ears. How about starting today?’
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KIMBERLY WAGNER is married to her favorite pastor, LeRoy Wagner. Their children include Rachel and her husband Adam, Caleb and his wife Lindsey, plus a growing tribe of grandchildren! Kim’s passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women’s pursuit of God’s glory. She is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog. Kim has written several devotionals and resource materials for women and loves encouraging women to become students of the Word. She is the author of “Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior.” You can connect with her through her website: http://www.kimberlywagner.org/ where she’s transparent about what God is teaching her.