There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents . . . Luke 15:7
On April 24, 2007, Button accepted Jesus as her savior!
I was putting her to bed, and we were reading a story from the Bible — how Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams and advised Pharaoh to prepare for a famine. At the end of the story, Button asked me if we could read the story about the “fire.” I thought she was talking about Moses and the burning bush. But when I flipped to that story, she corrected me — “No, mama. Not that story. The other fire story.” She flipped the pages back to the beginning — the story of creation — and pointed to a picture of what looked like a volcanic explosion.
I started to read her the creation story, but she stopped me. “Mama, I don’t want to go into the fire,” she said. This surprised me, since it had nothing to do with the story and I don’t think anyone has ever talked to her about hell or going into fires at all. I responded, “Well, you don’t have to.” “I want to follow Jesus,” she replied.
“Now’s a good time to begin explaining the gospel message to her,” I thought. At least I could begin laying a foundation for her, and she can make a salvation decision later when she understands it better.
So I began. “Button, is mommy going into the fire?” I asked her. She shook her head. “That’s right. I’m not going into the fire because I have Jesus in my heart.”
“I want Jesus in my heart, too,” she said. “Like you, Mama.”
“You do?” I asked. She nodded. And then paused.
“Mama, are other people going into the fire?”
“Yes, Button. Other people will go into the fire,” I said.
“That makes God very sad,” she said, forlorned.
“Yes, it does, Button. You’re right — it makes Him very sad.”
“But I’m not going into the fire,” she said.
I continued the discussion. “Button, has mommy made mistakes?” She shook her head; I corrected her, “Yes, mommy has made many mistakes.” “Has God made mistakes?” I asked. She shook her head again. “That’s right, Button. God has never made a mistake. But because mommy has made mistakes, she can’t be with God. God has never made mistakes and He can’t be with people who have made mistakes. But, God came to earth as Jesus and He died for us and took all our mistakes away with Him. So, because I believe Jesus took away my mistakes, it’s like I never made any mistakes. And so now I can be with God forever.”
Then I asked her, “Button, have you made mistakes?” She nodded. Then she said, “Mama, I want to be with God forever. I want Him in my heart like you.”
“Ok, Button. All we have to do is pray a simple prayer. Do you want to wait til Daddy gets home to pray?”
“No, I want to pray with you now,” she said.
“Ok. Put your hands together, and close . . .”
“Wait, mommy! Cover me up with the pink blanket first! Don’t forget my feets!”
“Ok, are you ready?” She nodded. “Repeat after me. Jesus . . .”
“No, mommy. I don’t want to pray that prayer.”
“If you want Jesus in your heart, Button, you have to pray the prayer.”
Then she started on her own, without any prompting from me. “Jesus, I don’t wanna go in the fire.”
And then — with some help from me — she continued, “I want you in my heart. I want to be with you forever. Please forgive me for all I ever done wrong. Amen!”
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise Psalm 8:2