Jesus left the desert and set about the Great Rescue. He was going to get God's people back.
But first he needed to find some helpers and friends. He had a lot to do. He would need some people to help him.
Who would make good helpers, do you think? Clever ones? Rich ones? Strong, important ones? Some people might thing so, but I'm sure by now you don't need me to tell you they'd be wrong. Because the people God uses don't have to know a lot of things, or have a lot of things--they just have to need him a lot.
[Jesus Storybook Bible, p. 210, from "Let's Go! Jesus is tempted in the desert and chooses his helpers, from Matthew 4, Mark 1, Luke 4-6"]
|Bible reading time with the Rog Podge|
Good stuff, right? I love, love, LOVE the Jesus Storybook Bible. I try to read it to Rog every day before his first morning nap. How can you go wrong with the tagline, "Every story whispers his name"? If you don't have this and you have children whom you want to teach about Jesus, this is great!
I love that, in his great mercy, the Father decided to teach Rog the same thing he was teaching Rog's mama by having our very next Bible story be all about how desperate we are for Jesus because regardless of what we think of ourselves, Jesus is strong and good and he can be depended upon. So beautiful!
One quick caveat to end the post: when the family I nannied for got this book, I, being the OCD creature that I am, started at the beginning. The opening lines made me cry, so I'll share them with you:
God wrote, "I love you"--he wrote it in the sky, and on the earth, and under the sea. He wrote his message everywhere! Because God created everything in his world to reflect him like a mirror--to show us what he is like, to help us know him, to make our hearts sing.
Beautiful. Truly, those first five words had me so choked up I couldn't keep reading for a moment!
God loves us and his love is perfect and it is everywhere. Thank you, good Father!