Hana Kate loves to spend the moments before bedtime asking deep questions, usually about topics and themes related to the Bible, probably because we’ve just read from her Bible. Usually Daniel is the one fielding her questions and enjoying the discussions. Last week, she asked Daniel to talk to her about “the people, the people who were the first people without any other people” (Adam and Eve), and then what life was like in Eden before man sinned. She loves to talk about how all the animals got along together and how none of them were “angry animals.” Somehow, the discussion and questions progressed to marriage, and Hana Kate told Daniel that she wanted to get married. Daniel told her that she had to wait until she was older and bigger , but Hana Kate told him she already knew who she wanted to marry: Daddy. 🙂 Daddy quickly informed her that he couldn’t marry her because he was already married. Without much hesitation or pause and with great seriousness, she informed him that if she couldn’t marry Daddy, she would like to marry Jesus. 🙂 Upon being informed that Jesus didn’t get married (for some reason, Daniel didn’t bring up Christ and His bride the Church. ;)), she knew that she would like to marry Aunt Emby. And then, it was time to tell her that she had to marry a boy (not to mention a non-relative). After that the discussion led to Mommy and Daddy’s wedding. Looks like it will be a few more years after all before we devote ourselves to serious wedding planning. Whew.
What questions puzzled the mind of a 3-year-old when it came to asking about Daddy and Mommy’s wedding (she hasn’t seen a wedding video, etc…, so it’s not something she’s had much exposure to)? Well, of course the first was, “When it was Mommy’s wedding, did you ask her to marry you?” Second was, “Did you brush your teeth when it was your wedding?” Very important, for sure. 🙂
And to close out the discussion, Hana Kate asked “Do I need to be as big as Jesus to get married? I want to do that, Daddy.”
God has gifted Hana Kate with a love for Jesus as she knows Him. We are planning to move soon, and Hana Kate has multiple times come to us and said things like, “Instead of moving to our new house, I just want to move to Jesus’ house,” or “I don’t want to move to our new house. I just want to go live with Jesus at His house.” She says this, knowing that there are things about our new place that will make it an exciting place for a child to live (like community pool, playground). To be honest, I have to admit that these kind of statements sometimes scare me that this is some way of softening the blow of something happening to Hana Kate, and then knowing she wanted to be with Jesus all along. But truly, I am so thankful to see evidence of the gift of faith and love for God that God has mercifully displayed in her life. There are a lot of gaps and holes in her knowledge of the Gospel, but what she does know she treasures. Multiple times she has asked us, “Mommy, do you believe that Jesus died for us? I do, Mommy.” or “Do you believe in Jesus? I believe in Jesus.” We have taken caution not to over-apply or overdo our explanations and presentations of the Gospel, but we praise God for the fact that at this point in her life Hana Kate seems to delight in learning and loving the things of God..