Warning: Sappy, religious content ahead. Read at your own risk!
Teen was cleaning her bedroom with Toddler on Saturday. While emptying an old backpack, Teen unearthed a small New Testament Bible, and Toddler begged her for it. Daddy, being the preacher that he is, explained to Toddler that this is the Bible - the Jesus Book.
Toddler took this idea and completely ran with it. She would NOT put that Bible down for a minute. She opened it, "read" it, closed it, and carried it around with her all evening long.
When it was time for bed, I let her keep it with her rather than face the tempest that would surely come if I took it. I was glad I did! She held the book up to me and told me, "Momma! This book says Jesus loves me! That's what it's about, Hun-neeee!" Over and over she repeated it. She opened her Bible and noted that there were letters inside, which I explained made words that we can read. Then she closed it and silently pondered it for a minute. In a voice filled with reverence, she said, "There's a power in this book. This book is a power!"
This preaching of hers is old territory for me. I know the Bible is powerful; I know its central message is to bring men and women (and very little girls) to the love of God through Jesus. I know that, and I depend heavily on it. But familiarity with long-memorized verses, and with the old, old story itself, dull my awareness and my thinking. The truths of the Bible become like oxygen - vital for survival, but outside of my daily consideration even as I fully rely on them. I can repeat them even as I can repeat the qualities and uses of oxygen. Faith is a lot like science in that way - filled with wonder at first discovery but everyday-ordinary after some routine usage.
This is, of course, why Jesus wanted us to have faith like that of a little child. Every reading of the ancient book results in a brand spankin' new discovery - a little more fresh oxygen to support life and growth. This is where the verse comes to pass, in my life, anyway, that a little child shall lead them.