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How Did He Get in There, Dad? (A Child's Perspective)

Updated on June 25, 2008

Abby Logic

 

My four year old daughter Abby has never been at a loss for words. The only time she stops talking is when she sleeps. Her little mind is always whirring a million miles an hour and her random thoughts and observations are always good for a smile. Her imagination is more active than any child I've ever met.

Not long ago Abby came to me with a quizzical look on her face. Her big green eyes danced as she asked with the look of pure, child-like curiosity that only a four year old can display, "Daddy, you know that Jesus lives in my heart, right?"

"Yes, Honey, I know Jesus lives in your heart."

"How did Jesus get in there, Dad?"

As a teacher, it is part of my DNA to recognize and seize teachable moments. I could not let this one slip away, so I began to share the story of salvation with Abby. I wanted her to understand the wonder and mystery of having a relationship with Jesus. We talked about how God loved us so much that he sent his son to earth to die for all people. She listened intently, as she always does, but my efforts to make the story of salvation simple enough for her young mind to grasp had not sufficiently answered her question. With a hint of impatience in her voice she replied, "No, Daddy. I know Jesus lives in my heart, but how did he get in there?"

"Jesus can do anything. He is the Son of God and he just magically enters your heart when you ask him to."

This explanation was still not good enough for my Abby. "But Daaad, how did Jesus get in there?" The perplexed look on her face made it clear she was struggling to understand how Jesus could have physically made his way through her little body and into her heart. Despite my many efforts to help my precious baby girl understand, I was only frustrating her more. She was seeking a more literal explanation.

All of a sudden, her eyes grew wide as the excitement swelled inside her and she blurted out, "I know dad! I know how He got in there!" She had figured it all out and she desperately needed to share with me her hypothesis on how Jesus was able to get into her heart.

Holding back a smile I asked, "Really? Tell me how Jesus got into your heart?"

She was beaming with pride as she looked at me and announced, "I know Daddy. He must have crawled in my butt! That's how He got in there!" Before I could compose myself to correct her, she skipped to the other room to play - satisfied with her explanation.

After calling my wife and sharing this story (and quite a long laugh), we decided not to bring up the subject again with Abby. It will be one of those things we correct her on when she is a little older. We just hope and pray no one in Church asks her how Jesus came to be in her heart!

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    • tlpoague profile image

      Tammy 

      7 years ago from USA

      I couldn't help but share this story with my sisters. Thanks for posting it.

    • Stay at Home Dad profile imageAUTHOR

      Stay at Home Dad 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I have so many more I need to write, but it is getting more and more difficult to find the time to sit down and do so.

      I am glad to share a little sunshine from one of my main sources of happiness. I thank God for my children daily.

      Have a wonderful week... :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Ooohh what a beautiful hub to read! Thanks for warming my heart on this cool tuesday morning. This reminded me of the kids in our school as well as my nephew and how I enjoy our conversations and how they make me laugh out loud! Aren't they just darlings? :)

      -Michelle

    • Stay at Home Dad profile imageAUTHOR

      Stay at Home Dad 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I keep a note pad handy at all times, because she always has something interesting to say. I am very fortunate to have such a precious little girl in my life and I thank God every day for entrusting such a wonderful little girl to raise... :-)

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      glassvisage 

      10 years ago from Northern California

      Abby is a beautiful girl! But you already know that. A child's logic is priceless, as this story proves. Thanks!

    • Stay at Home Dad profile imageAUTHOR

      Stay at Home Dad 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Not just humility, but a very accurate reflection of ourselves as well! Thanks for reading...

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      ePrincess 

      10 years ago

      Great story, Stay at Home Dad. You and your wife are very blessed.

      P.S. If Abby ever does get around to repeating this or any of her other great wisdoms to her adoring public. Remember first to breath then remind yourself that our children provide us with our most grateful lessons in humility.

    • Stay at Home Dad profile imageAUTHOR

      Stay at Home Dad 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Hey There!

      Good to hear from you! I can't believe Jordyn is 14! It is amazing how fast the years pass.

      Look for more soon and thanks for reading.

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      Jenn~Jordyn~Emily 

      10 years ago

      Too cute, Glenn! Emily is three already and yes they do come up with amazing ways to explain to themselves how things work! I love how you are keeping a journal of all these priceless things, you'll need them when she reaches her teen years. Jordyn just turned 14!! haha Love you and miss you guys!

    • Stay at Home Dad profile imageAUTHOR

      Stay at Home Dad 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I look forward to reading your stories about Meggy!

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      BernieQuimpo 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      I just love your story on Abby. What an adorable kid! You hub has inspired me to write one on my granddaughter Meggy's stories. She's 11 now but when she was Abby's age, I do remember some of the remarkable things she used to say.

    • Stay at Home Dad profile imageAUTHOR

      Stay at Home Dad 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Your daughter's comment could have easily come from Abby Aren't they amazing little creatures? I actually look forward to hearing what she has to say each and every day- and she says plenty!

      Thanks so much for reading my post...

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      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Abby Logic! What a priceless story. This reminds me of when my daughter Tracey was Abby's age. A little friend from preschool had invited Tracey for the first time to her home. My mouth dropped when I saw the size of her house. It was enormous! When Tracey laid eyes on this beautiful pink home she said to me "mom, Gina doesn't live here". Checking the address again, I said yes she does, lets go in. But Tracey would not get out of the car. I asked her, "why are you not getting out". Tracey explained to me again as if I didn't get it. "Gina doesn't live here. This is Cinderella's house". Laughing hysterically, I said to Tracey, come on out, lets go visit Cinderella.

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      Stay at Home Dad 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I promised myself I would write as many of her imaginative stories and precious comments down to remind me how sweet she was when she enters her teen years. There are many more I will share as time permits.

      Thank you for your kind words and for reading my post.

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      cvaughn570 

      10 years ago

      Out of the mouths of babes........

      This certainly made me smile and remember when my girls were small.

      Thank you,

      Carol

    • Stay at Home Dad profile imageAUTHOR

      Stay at Home Dad 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Isn't a fun age? We joke around here about how much she talks. She makes up stories and characters for her stories all the time. I'll be adding more stories from Abby soon and I would love to hear any you have to share.

      Thanks so much for reading my post...

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      Andrea Anderson 

      10 years ago

      She sounds a lot like my 4 yr old son. He is always asking tough questions about God and salvation. I may not always know just how to answer them but at least I know he is listening at church!

    • Stay at Home Dad profile imageAUTHOR

      Stay at Home Dad 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      You are so very welcome and thank you for reading my post.

      I am so fortunate to get stories like this one on a daily basis from my little angel. I try to never take her or her stories for granted.

      More to follow...

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      His Barbie Girl 

      10 years ago

      What a cute story and what a precious girl! Thanks for making me smile this morning!

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