Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

Working in Primary has provided plenty of tender moments for me; the greatest of which has been observing Chloe. Don't get me wrong, we've had our challenges. Like many children, she tends to melt down and dramatize things more when I'm around. But overall there have been more happy moments than frustrating moments. And I've caught some pretty neat glimpses of her eager, growing spirit that I would never have otherwise seen, had I not been in the Primary Presidency.

Chloe has always been very curious about Jesus and the events of His life. From His birth in a stable surrounded by animals to the miracles He performed, all the way to His death; she has always been willing to stop whatever she was doing to come and hear the stories of Jesus. Recently, she's taken a great interest in Jesus' death and the events surrounding it. At first I was a little disturbed by her obsession, and the frequency in which she'd explore the topic.

"Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?"

"Why did He bleed in the garden?"

"Why did they put nails in His hands and feet?"

"Are we going to have to die on the cross too?"

These are only a handful of examples. A few weeks ago in Sharing Time, the teacher held up the picture you see above, and asked the children to tell her what was happening. Without hesitation (and without raising her hand), Chloe announced, "That's Jesus praying in Gethsemane. And tomorrow they're going to put him on the cross!" She knew, based on a simple picture, not only what was taking place right then, but the events that proceeded. Another time she saw that picture, she further pointed out that Jesus was bleeding out of his skin (from every pore). Then the Sunday following, she whispered something to her Primary teacher, which her teacher later told me. I wish I remembered it word for word, but it was something along the lines of, "Jesus died on the cross so we wouldn't have to." -pause- "It was because He loved us." Chloe has not only absorbed more details about Jesus' death than I know I've told her, but she recognizes that the story holds significance; that it isn't just a typical bedtime story; that there is meaning behind it. What that meaning is, she has yet to figure out, but it's there. The seed has been planted, and she'll figure it out soon.

Chloe's concern for Jesus, and the things He endured overwhelms me. To see my four year old, who has the attention span of, well, a four year old!, eagerly listen to stories about Jesus, ask questions - deep, significant questions, truly begin to grasp His teachings and the lessons that accompany them, and feel genuine emotion over these things is like witnessing a miracle.

As Easter draws near, I find myself reflecting on my Savior, the unfathomable sacrifices He made for us, and the fresh start His atonement provides in our lives. I am also reminded of a book that my sweet mama gave me years ago, entitled, "You are Priceless: The Parable of the Bicycle". Simply said, the story represents our lives, our shortcomings, and the reality that no matter what we do on this earth, we will never achieve perfection. But through our efforts ("the whole sixty-one cents") and the atonement, which Christ has provided to help us, we can still achieve our ultimate goal of returning to our Heavenly Father's presence. That is truly what Easter and this life in general are all about!

I am inspired by my daughter's eagerness to learn about and know her Savior. I am inspired by her genuine love for Him and her Heavenly Father, and Their love for her! It is these moments when I am reminded of how in tune Chloe is with the Spirit, and what a great teacher she is to me. It really is no wonder Jesus shed tears when He gathered the children around Him. What an amazing presence they possess! Chloe's will is fierce, and sometimes impossible to reason with, but that will is developing a testimony that is bound to be unbreakable. And as her mother, I can't think of a greater thing.


Mama/Gma Jill said...

Yes, It really is no wonder that Jesus shed tears in the presence of the little ones, and that we must be as children before we can enter the Kingdom of heaven. It is such a joy to see the joy you feel in witnessing this miracle happening right before your eyes with your own precious little one. She really is such a very special spirit, and so are you. So many things came to mind as I was reading your beautifully inspired words. I know I've mentioned this before, but the way you, as a two-year-old, loved Baby Jesus so much more than you loved Santa, the way your spirit swelled as you doesn't surprise me at all that you were given such a daughter. What a giant spirit she has - and so do you.

Among so many beautiful things, I think this is probably the most beautiful thing you've ever written. I am so very grateful that you took the time to tell us all about this wonderful miracle, and just in time for Easter.

No words can say grateful I am, or how much I love you...and Chloe...and all of you. I can hardly wait to share this with Dad, I'm going to do that right now. I know he'll love it too. Happy Happy Easter!

Love you all so.......

The Boone Family said...

This really is very sweet. Plus, I love your pictures. Do you guys want to come out to Virginia and I'll have you take pics of my kids? ;)
Happy Easter!

Wendy said...

Very sweet post. I'm glad you took the time to record this and share your feelings. It was very inspiring to read.