As a parent I try hard to teach truth to my children. But every now and then I see those magical moments when they seem to get it on their own.

Last night we read a story from Mark 7 where Jesus healed a deaf and mute man.

After reading that story, I had my 12 year old read Isaiah 35:5-6

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer and the mute tongue shout for joy.

Before she finished the last statement, I heard a brief gasp from my 6 and 9 year olds.

Their heads looked up from their coloring (a little something we let them do as they listen), and I could see the twinkle in their eyes.

I hadn’t explained the concept of Messianic Prophecy or anything fancy, but they were able to draw a simple connection.

I am convinced that those moments of “spark” are the moments that do the most to make their faith real to them. I can tell them all kinds of great things, and talk about endless concepts. But when we see those “gasp” moments, the concepts have become real.

What are some of the “gasp” moments you have seen in the lives of your kids?

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