I teach a preschool class at my church on Wednesday nights called “Rainbows.” I’ve been teaching this class for 15 years. These little humans who have only been on earth for 3-5 years have taught me many spiritual lessons.
Sometimes I wonder how will a child respond when corrected. Will they immediately stop what they are doing or will it take a few verbal attempts to bring about the appropriate behavior.
Here are a few things I’ve said over the years in my Rainbow class...more than once:
“Don't throw that wooden blocks at your friend!”
“Use your inside voice.”
“Give that toy back. She had it first.”
"Please sit down."
It’s interesting to watch and see who will respond on the first request.
Some kids don’t listen the first time—which promptly brings about this question…Did you hear me?
A verse I read in Hebrews 3 reminded me of this little scene. It says, “If you hear God speak today, don’t be stubborn. Don’t be stubborn like those who rebelled.” (3:15 GW)
It's a gentle warning admonishing us to be good listeners, and not just good listeners but to respond...now (today).
Just like my little preschoolers, some of us will listen the first time the Lord speaks:
“Don’t touch that.”
“Tell that person about Me.”
“Don’t go in there.”
“Don’t say that—it’s gossip.”
“Don’t take on another’s offense.”
“Pray with her.”
…and then there are those of us who don’t listen the first time and need a gentle—Did you hear me?
This week strive to be the child that immediately responds in obedience to the voice of the Lord. Don't be stubborn! Do it today!
Did You Hear Me?