Although I’m a former teacher with lots of opinions on when & how the best way to teach certain things to children, I’ve often wondered what was the best way to teach Jonah about the Lord and the Christian faith. I’ve often prayed, long before Ray and I were married, that God would guide me and provide wisdom and resources in this area to help me point my children to Christ.
We were recently introduced to The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones through our church. Written in story format, it highlights stories you would hear in Sunday School. Pretty typical for a children’s Bible, right? But there is so much more to this children’s Bible…
The thing that compelled us to hunt for and purchase this particular children’s Bible can be summed up by its subtitle “Every story whispers his name…” Because don’t they all?!?! Every single story told in this Bible end with the author subtly relating it back to Jesus. God has been using this “Children’s Bible” to speak to me and stop me right in my sinful, self-absorbed tracks. The Lord has been reminding me that not only the stories in the Bible whisper His name, but mine and yours as well. Every.single.thing. He loves us and works everything for good. He takes every filthy thing about us and uses it to point right into the very heart of Heaven. Because it isn’t about us and how filthy we are, but how pure and holy our rescuer is.
I want to leave you with an excerpt from the intro because it is so beautifully written:
“There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all of the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle–the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.” (p.17 The Jesus Storybook Bible)
You see, this week my Heavenly Father has been reminding me that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation–and at the center of my story, too….which is a story all in itself.