Little Reminders – Gratitude Rant #19

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A painting of Jesus that hangs on our living room wall.

So, I was sitting on the couch with my little monkey on my lap. I had my shoes kicked off, my feet propped up, and the two of us were both wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket, reading a few little storybooks before bedtime (just part of the nightly routine).

After about 10 or 15 minutes, however, the little munchkin started getting the wiggles — kind of a last ditch effort to fight off her sleepiness (which is also part of the nightly routine).

As her little eyelids were beginning to droop, she started pointing out different things in the living room. She’d shout their name, and then expect me to “translate.”

“QUOCK!”
“Yep, that’s a clock.”

“PAN-O!”
“You’re right, that is a piano.”

“BANK-ICK”
“Yep, we’re wrapped in a blanket, aren’t we?”

You get the picture — just one of those fun little games toddlers like to play.

But then with a bright little smile, she looked up and pointed at our painting of the Savior, and said:

“JESUS!”

And without taking her eyes off the painting, she quickly tacked on:

“I LOVE YOU!”

I tell ya, the whole thing just totally melted my heart!

All I could do was smile.

I have to admit though, her sweet little declaration of love for the Lord really caught me off guard. I mean, Lindsey and I do our best to pray with her and read scriptures together as a family. We really try to make the Gospel a priority in our home — but I certainly wasn’t expecting to hear our little toddler say, “I love you” like that.

And yet it rolled off her tongue so naturally and so sincerely…

The rest of the bedtime routine went off without a hitch (thankfully), and the little monkey is peacefully snoring in her bed right now — but I’ve been thinking quite a bit about that little exchange.

I’m just really impressed with how “I love you” was the very first thought that popped into her head when she saw the painting of Jesus.

She hasn’t even turned two yet, but that sweet little wild child has developed a love so deep that it just bubbles to the surface the moment she sees the Savior’s face.

And then I got to thinking, do I love Jesus like that?

When I see His face, do my thoughts turn immediately to my love for Him?

It’s no wonder we’re told so many times in the scriptures that we need to become like little children — because I definitely need to take a cue from my little girl.

I am so grateful for my Savior, and I do love Him.

Sometimes, however, I just need a little reminder…

Tonight, I’m thankful for those little reminders!

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