My three-year-old daughter has an amazing imagination. She demonstrates it in different ways, but for several months now, she’s been telling us about her imaginary friends. The best part is that the stories are incredibly detailed – what they’re doing, their likes and dislikes, and what they want to be when they grow up.
A few days ago, she and Keri were talking about Yuki (that’s one of her imaginary friends – most of the time, the stories are about Ollie and Yuki, but there are others too). My daughter told Keri that Yuki “worships other gods.” Keri used it as an opportunity to talk to her about God’s commandment that we not worship false Gods.
Today, my daughter told Keri that she talked to Yuki about it:
“I told Yuki about the real God… that he shouldn’t worship gods that can’t see or hear. So now he knows.
So Jesus changed his heart, and now he worships the real God. Isn’t that great?!”
So when Keri called me on the phone, she said, “I think Yuki got saved today.”
As funny as this is, it’s interesting to see the way that our daughter is thinking through and applying the stories we tell her. This seems to be a combination of her Bible story book about Elijah and the priests of Baal, the story of Zacchaeus and his heart transformation, and the stories I’ve told her about people at church whose hearts have been changed by God.