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This crazy monster

A devotion on spending time with God

Before my 13-year-old daughter Katy Rose suddenly gained all the answers to the secrets of the universe, she was a 2 year old who only knew “cow go moo.” 

Back in those days, I was a stay-at-home dad who thought he could be the next Great American author. I was writing at my desk one day when Katy Rose dragged a basket of action figures out of her older brother’s room and plopped down on the floor next to me. Her pudgy hands dug through the toys, and she pulled out a guy in a red costume with a white cape.

“What’s this?” She asked. “That’s Captain Marvel,” I told her without looking. These were actually my toys.

“What’s this?” She asked again. “That’s Green Lantern.” Again, without looking. 

I was in the middle of trying to submit a novel to agents and editors. This was big stuff, or so I thought. Apparently, Katy Rose thought naming 20 different superheroes was more important and Katy Rose would not be denied. 

So, the game went on. Figure after figure. It became apparent to me writing time was over. I couldn’t resist her cuteness. Her squeaky, cherub voice and innocent sense of wonder were infectious. 

She then pulled out one last toy, the big finale, and asked, “What’s this crazy monster?” 

It was a valid question, but the more interesting question was why my 2-year-old daughter spoke like my 83-year-old grandmother. I laughed for a long, long time. I delighted in my daughter’s presence and 11 years later, I still think of that day. 

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” – Zephaniah 3:17

God loves you so much he is compelled to sing! The Lord delights in our company. He loves every one of us and wants us to want his attention. That 10 minutes with my daughter is one of the happiest moments in my life. I’m so thankful my daughter wanted my attention. 

Don’t deny the Lord a wonderful moment with you. Throughout the day, ask him questions and seek his answers. You will both be blessed.

Written by Nik Holman, project manager and content specialist for Buckner International. 

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