This last week was a busy week for the team at IMM and for our family. We helped with the filming of a documentary about “Easter and The Last Supper”. This is a project that the team at IMM has been prepping for the the last few weeks and our children, Robert and Reegan, were with us many of those days that prep work took place.
Robert especially took an interest in all that was going on and was connecting the work at IMM with his bedtime stories. The kids have been listening to “Dan and Louie” tell bible stories at night and the story of Jesus’ crucifixionhas been one they have become very familiar with. Wednesday was a big day of shooting so we all had to be at the studio early to get things started for the day, Robert woke up at 5:45 with excitement for all that was going on. When Robert woke up he asked if he could just stay up and watch some baseball from the USA, he and his father love baseball and enjoy doing this together. After getting ready and heading to IMM Robert was asking his father about the days activities saying “Dad who is going to play the parts of the disciples that went off to pray with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane”. This made Matt very happy to see Robert taking an interest in the stories from the Bible, connecting the parts of the story, and taking an interest in telling this story so that others can hear about what Jesus has done for us.
After seeing the emotion of Matt in this conversation with Robert, it made me think. If Robert taking an interest in the things that his Father also cares about, whether it be baseball or sharing Jesus with those who don't yet know him, brings such joy. How does our Heavenly Father feel when we want to share who he is, what His Son has done, and when we are interested in the things that he is interested in?
In Matthew 3:13-17 we see Jesus being obedient to fulfill scripture by being baptized by John the Baptist. After Jesus is baptized the heavens open, God descends as a dove and rest on Jesus, "and a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
I think the joy that we get to experience through family here on earth is just a glimpse of the joy that one day we will get to experience for eternity when we live life obedient to whatever it is God is asking us to do.