For the Bible Tells Me So

Jesus loves me this I know, For the Bible tells me so.

Any mom can tell you that they will pull out every trick in the book when their child is freaking out. You feel awful, for your kid and everyone around you, and oftentimes you have no idea what the problem actually is. This especially seems to happen when you’re in public, like at Target or at a restaurant. Or church. That’s the worst. Kids should be quiet in church right?! …that’s a whole other post in itself (and I WILL write on it, because I feel pretty passionate about the topic).

Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong. 

Why is it that babies and toddlers wait until the most inopportune times to shriek their lungs out like their dying? Or when their parents are finally getting a few precious hours of uninterrupted sleep only to be awoken (again) by a bawling infant through the monitor speakers. That one I think is the hardest. You know your child is safe in your warm, secure, locked-up home, tucked in their crib with their lovey, pacifier, lullaby worship music playing and calming ocean waves coming from the sound machine (yes, we use all of those, and yes, I 100% believe it works), yet in one instant in their little mind it seems that their world is crashing down around them.

All that will calm them is to be held, comforted, and reminded that their provider is present.

Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me; the Bible tells me so. 

Sometime really early in Luke’s life, maybe even at just a day or two old, I started singing “Jesus Loves Me” to him. Of course I want him to grow up in love, knowledge, and service to the Lord Jesus Christ his incredible Savior…

Jesus loves me He who died, Heaven’s gates to open wide. 

Yeah, that Jesus…but that wasn’t really why I started it at first. It was an easy song that I knew the words to. I have a lot of really talented friends plus my own mother that are elementary school teachers and early childhood educators that know all of the cutesy little songs and nursery rhymes, but I spent the last 5 years working with middle and high school students. If I sang them one of those songs they would probably think I had completely lost my mind (though I did often times tuck them on trips like little children – once again, another post) and wonder if I was smoking the magical Colorado plant. “Jesus Loves Me” was one I already knew and didn’t have to google the words to (yep, done it) or listen to Toddler Pandora (yep, almost every day) to learn.

He will wash away my sin, let His little child come in. 

Over the first few months, I started to realize an interesting effect that the song was having on Luke. Even though I did high school choir I really wouldn’t consider myself a singer by any means, so I knew he wasn’t overcome with awe of my beautiful voice (ha), but it almost instantly would calm him down. I started to sing it to him when I was changing his diaper and he was wailing his face off at me (Really? You want to stay in that wet, dirty mess?) and he would change from screaming banshee to a relatively content little boy. I thought it was a fluke at first, but I continued to use it as my “trick” to calming down the inevitable fit from many a diaper change over the next several months.

Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me; the Bible tells me so. 

A couple of months ago, maybe from about 6 or 7 months into Luke’s life, I branched out a little bit in my “use” of the song. I started to sing it to Luke as I was swaying him back and forth in his bedroom before laying him down in his crib. His heavy eyes and restless little body would fairly quickly drift into contented sleep. I would sing it as I rubbed his back when he woke up in the middle of the night. I sang it sitting in traffic in Austin on our last trip there when my normally happy child was throwing a hysterical fit in his car seat with 3 other people beside us in the car. And you know what? Every time that song would eventually calm him down, allowing him to feel reassured and reminded of the love and care that he most certainly has.

Jesus loves me, He will stay, close beside me all the way. 

Sure. It could be all coincidence. It could be purely a coping mechanism that Luke uses if that was the only song that I knew (I have learned LOTS more children’s songs since the beginning of Luke’s life thankyouverymuch.) There could even be some early childhood psychological reasoning behind the whole thing. But for some reason, that particular simple little song, even more so than the sweet beautiful songs that are on his worship lullaby play list every night, seems to put my sweet boy at ease.

I started thinking about why this was happening. Certainly its a great tool to have to get my child to stop screaming when we are checking out at the grocery store, but is that really it? Was I really limiting the Holy Spirit to thinking it was a cool trick that I came up with to get Luke to quiet down? Or could the Holy Spirit actually be actively working in the heart of this precious boy to remind Luke of Christ’s love for him, promised to him in the Word of God and through the waters of his baptism through this really simple song?

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27

Luke’s a pretty cool kid, but really, he’s less than a year old. God can work in him like that?

 “But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  And he laid his hands on them.” Matthew 19:14-15

YES! Jesus loves LUKE! The Holy Spirit is working in Luke to remind him of this – even at 1, 2, 9 months old and beyond. It is an absolutely beautiful thing to witness and be a part of! Scripture promises this not just to my baby to each one of us. Not just to children through a simple little song, but you, and me. Yeah, Jesus loves STEPHANIE, too. I remember a friend from high school telling me once she would sing this song to herself when she was scared, like walking alone at night or before a big test. It would give her comfort and peace. These basic words hold so much truth, friends. Jesus loves YOU. He wants you to know His incredible love and desire for perfect relationship in eternity with him forever. My heart almost overflows with joy thinking about that for Luke, but I must remember that Word is true for me, too.

He prepares a place for me, and one day his face I’ll see. 

“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14:2-4

How? How do I know this is true? Do I know enough? Have I learned enough? Can I fully comprehend what this sacrificial love is anyway? It makes my brain hurt!

With faith like a child…even a baby like Luke that can’t express his emotions verbally yet has been given that gift of faith…

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.” Matthew 18:2-5

and because, well, like the song says,

The Bible Tells Me So. 

Rest in these promises, friends. May the words of this simple yet profound song give you peace and comfort when your sad, hurt, scared, and worried. His love for you is real, powerful, and eternal.

“The grass withers, the flower fades,
    but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8

You can check out our current  favorite “audio” version of the song from Luke’s lullaby mix here. And in full disclosure, I didn’t know the words to the 3rd verse until I listened to it multiple times.

2 thoughts on “For the Bible Tells Me So

  1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful heart for Jesus with us! Awesome thoughts and reminders for all of us! Thank you for being a blessing to so many!!! Love ya! Mom

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