There is rain in the distance. See the streaks on the picture below the clouds? The dark lines coming from the clouds show the rain that falls in the distance. But you can see it coming, smell it, hear it.
Farmers need the rain, but too much rain is bad for us, too. I love the falling rain. It cleans the air and removes dirt from the sidewalks. It refreshes us, all of us. Children love to play in it and in the puddles from it. But too much of anything is no good. Sometimes the rain is not good for us.
With children, it happens that we can also see the dark clouds coming at times, and we know it is not going to be a good thing, like too much rain on the already wet soil. Our Dancer is not yet two and sadly I can see the dark clouds coming in his life. Children do not have to be trained to be sinful. Scriptures tell us, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” in Romans. Unfortunately, it is there in their blood. They inherit that sin from their fathers who inherit it from their fathers, all the way back to Adam, the first man.
I asked the Dancer if he had spit his piece of meat into his napkin (Who taught him that, anyway!?) and he said, “No.”
Just like that, my sweet-faced little Dancer lied to his momma! Sin is in his blood. So, what is a Mom to do?
I start training. I start teaching. I start praying.
After the rain, a rainbow appeared. It was a whole rainbow that spread across the sky and then a double rainbow appeared. We are praying for that same rainbow to come in the life of our sweet-faced Dancer’s future. We are praying that he accepts the blood of Jesus Christ early in life so that he can be able to be used by the Lord, and so that he can be not only sweet-faced but sweet-hearted: deep, sweetness of heart because he is the son of the Lord Jesus Christ and a member of the Body of Christ, completely forgiven of his sinfulness. Yes, this is what we want for our little boy.
Are you teaching your little boys? Are you training good behaviors now before they are an insult to you and to others?
We will be training and praying for that whole and double rainbow! Above all, love your boys!