Thursday, November 7, 2013

Our Little "Peter"

It should come as no surprise to you that we are smitten with our Addie.

She's smart, funny, witty, and gorgeous.

She has moments when she is wise beyond her years, and then she has those moments that remind us that she is only 5 1/2.

We have figured that she has the spiritual gift of prophecy- not in the sense of "telling the future", but in a sense where right is right, wrong is wrong, black is black, white is white, and there is no gray.

But there is a particular Biblical character that she reminds us of more than anyone else.

Peter.

Peter had this tendency of being very impulsive, saying whatever came to mind (even when it was best not to say anything), and having those teachable moments with Jesus go right over his head.

Yet when all was said and done, he was the one God used to preach on the Day of Pentecost to a crowd of people where everyone heard him in their own language.

I can only imagine how Jesus must have shook His head when Peter asked what John's job was going to be after Jesus left, or how Peter acted impulsively to cut off the ear of the priest's servant but denied knowing Jesus in fear of the young girl who questioned him.

Every time I hear or read a story of Peter and look at his life, I can't help but think of my Addie. She speaks her mind (even when her thoughts should be kept to herself), can act rather impulsively at times, and have some of our teachable moments fly right over her head.

Yet last Wednesday she told me that she decided that she wants to be a missionary so she can tell people about Jesus.

It is moments like that which leave us in awe of this precious girl that God has put into our home and hearts.

And then it is the moments when we are trying to teach her something and think we have made a real communication connection, that she jumps up and says she needs some apple juice and Brian and I find ourselves telling each other, "She's having a Peter moment."

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