Tuesday, December 15, 2009

a great gift

At the beginning of this year I sat with my daughter's teacher to tell her some useful information about her personality & to learn some specifics of what they would be learning. One thing she told us was about the particular Bible they would be studying. The Jesus Storybook Bible - where every story whispers His name. I wanted to know a little more. So she got up & got it & just said something to the effect of "it shows all through the Old Testament the picture of Jesus" and went on to say, "just like with the story of Jonah - so many people use that story to show God punishing Jonah for disobeying (eh-hem, guilty) and it was actually God rescuing Jonah." Well, there was a perspective shift for me.....I ordered it immediately. I realized in that moment that I have read so much of the Bible with ME as the main character. Learning about what God has to say about ME ME ME ME ME! And it was all about Him. Every story was a whisper pointing us to Jesus. I was amazed.
Even with the story of Abraham & Isaac..it concludes with...."...many years later another Son would climb another hill, carrying wood on his back. Like Isaac, he would trust his Father to do what his Father asked." I felt like scales had dropped from my eyes once more. How I have gotten so hung up on the scary-ness of that story for...well, for as long as I've known it.....because i feared God would ask me to do something that unthinkable.

I see God's mercy differently now.

I see, once again, that I have been shown so much that I don't know.....that there must be so much more that I don't know.

So, if you need an AMAZING Christmas present for your child....that will end up being an amazing Christmas gift for your whole family...this is it.


Jill said...

Wow! Did you over hear our conversation last night? We were just talking about how we wanted to get something for Lindy for Christmas, but just not sure what...this is it! thanks!!

Chris Shull said...

The author of The Jesus Storybook Bible is a friend of mine from NYC. She's awesome and funny and has lots of other children's books too. I'm all about supporting Sally any way I can!

acook said...

this is my favorite!