It was sitting in an honored spot on her desk, incense wafting through the store that was otherwise a very regular home decor shop. Micah got interested and began touching the wood carving; the eyes, the nose, the mouth. “That’s Buddha!” she said. “I love Buddha… do you?” And as if to accentuate her affection, she stroked the pudgy little man, eternally sitting in the lotus position, fondly.
Micah just smiled, obviously not really understanding what she was saying and to my shame, Rick and I just stood and smiled, not saying anything. Why couldn’t I have simply said, “No Micah. We love the Lord,” or something like that? I was not necessarily interested in lodging in to a debate but I definitely want our children to see us consistently standing up for our faith so that they realize we truly stand for what we believe in and do not just keep it to ourselves. She let us know she loved Buddha. The stage was set to counter that statement, said to a 2 year old no less. What a seed to try to plant in his little mind!
Lord, thank you for your continued forgiveness when we fail. Would we stand strong for You next time!