I got home late last night and my oldest daughter was still awake. She's been having trouble sleeping at night and honestly, it's been pretty frustrating. But she was waiting up for me and just had to tell me something. Thankfully, God gave me patience to listen. She said that her little brother couldn't fall asleep and so she laid in bed with him for awhile. She told him that she understood how hard it is to go to sleep and what she does when she can't sleep. She said to her brother, "When I can't sleep, I remember some verses from the Bible. I remember that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ... that he can help me do all things, even go to sleep." Then she shared another verse, "Come to Me and I will give you rest." She told him that we can ask Jesus for rest and he will give it to us. After that she prayed with her brother for God to give him rest. I was smiling as she looked up at me and said, "Daddy, in about one minute, he was already sleeping."
Isn't that sweet? I told my daughter how much I appreciated her and how I see God's grace working in her. I was thrilled that she tried to understand her little brother's situation by comparing it to her own and then went right to the Bible for help. It's cool how God gave her a glimpse of His grace in using her to help her little brother go to sleep.
As I reflected a little more on this moment last night it made me deeply grateful for the gospel. It reminded me that everyday moments are gospel moments -- moments where the simple message of Christ can be communicated by an 8 year old sister to a 3 year old brother who can't get to sleep. Without knowing it, my daughter had lived out 2 Cor. 1:4. In her struggle to go to sleep, she found comfort in Christ's words and wanted to share that comfort with her little brother. Now I know that not every moment will end like this one did. But either way I'm learning that every moment is a gospel moment. It's an opportunity for us parents to point our kids to Christ so they can in turn do the same.