I held off singing “Jesus Loves Me” and “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands” to Malaki until just a couple of months ago. I guess I thought they were too silly, or too trivial. I’d rather sing him some of the rich old hymns (the few that I actually know entire verses to) because I thought it would give Malaki a more accurate and respectful view of God. Well, when I tried “Jesus Loves Me”, Malaki just smiled and smiled while I was singing and after I was done he said, “bible?” I said, “Yeah, the Bible tells me that Jesus loves me!” I can see now that simple songs (with simple terms) are valuable because they can help him learn much bigger truths. (But I’ll still sing the hymns too – just because I like them and I still think they are good.)
I can also see the value in returning my “mature” mind to simpler terms:
We recently learned that Baby #2 will probably arrive early and I have been worrying myself over that. Asking specific things of God like, “Just keep the baby in there until March 28th.” or, “Please keep the baby head down” or, “Don’t let the cord wrap around the baby’s neck” and, “Please let the birth be quick.” They are all very polite requests, and they are things that cross most expectant mother’s minds. But, HE has the whole world in His hands, and this baby will be delivered exactly as planned.
I was reminded again yesterday that, “little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong!” My little ones belong to the Lord. They are weak, I am weak, but their ultimate caretaker is strong. I needed that reminder. It humbles me to get that reminder from a song I had disregarded as silly.
Ah, the humor of humility…