I sat on my couch last week and beamed with pride as I watched my oldest daughter defend the faith. She was respectful and gentle, but she had a firm answer for every question and objection raised by an unsaved relative who popped in for a visit.
This kind of thing doesn’t happen overnight. It’s the result of years of studying the great truths of the faith in Sunday school classes, years of studying apologetics in AWANA, and years of personal study using resources from ministries such as Answers in Genesis. It’s the result of an inquisitive mind and not being afraid to ask tough questions, knowing that God’s Word is perfect and true and has all the answers we need.
I don’t know if her efforts got through to the relative, but she did give him something to think about. On the other side of the living room, another light bulb was turning on. As we were talking, Hannah quietly got her Awana book and my reading Bible and flipped through them, taking in the whole scene. Later she said that she’d never seen anything like that before and it was “cool.” I think she was finally realizing that the things she’s learning and memorizing in church fit together somehow, into one cohesive story. God’s story.
It was a great moment for both of them. For one, a test of what she’s learned. For the other, a challenge to start putting together the pieces of the puzzle.
For me, a great memory.