Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s official. Our son, Abraham Hudson, is officially two years old. So in the spirit of celebration, I’d like to take a break from my usual goings on about China to wish our little Tasmanian Toddler a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
He’s a fireball of a boy, bouncing back and forth between kicking balls, watching alphabet videos, and reading the latest from Dr. Seuss. And if he had his way, he would live on a steady diet of goldfish crackers, strawberries, and momma’s stir fried tomato and egg rice porridge.
I’ve been saying for months now that he misread the “terrible twos” memo and mistook it for saying the “terrible twenty months”. But I figure that’s alright because if he got a head start, maybe that means he’ll get through them early as well.
When we visit churches, he promptly hands out handshakes and fistbumps to everyone that moves. He even gives out prayer cards. But watch out, he might want to take them back after a second or two. He was just letting you have a peek, after all.
At any rate, he’s a top notch kid that makes his momma and I all the right kinds of proud of. We are immensely thankful to be his parents and eagerly look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for his future.
“And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.”
After Nineveh hears Jonah’s message and repents, Jonah finally reveals why he was so reluctant to go there in the first place. He knew that God is gracious, merciful, and slow to anger. He knew God would forgive them if they repent. He just didn’t want them to repent. He hated the people of Nineveh. He didn’t want to give them the opportunity to hear his message and be saved from God’s wrath.
Lord, thank You for being such a good and gracious God. Thank You for being so willing, even more than Jonah was and even more than I am, to see people saved. Do a work in my heart, Lord. Make me see lost people with the same compassion that Christ sees them with. I want to make your name known, Lord.