“Mommy, what was that?”

Many times when I see a young mother and her children, the Lord will have me hand a tract to the mother. The best I can figure out is that this puts the mother in a situation to see what she is going to do or say, with her young children looking on. And of course, God has his special ways of reaching children.
Most of the time, I would say that the mother refuses to take one. This happened again today.
What do you think is going on in the mother’s head, as the children are watching? What is she going to tell them when they ask, “Mommy, what was that?” Is she going to be honest with them?
The accountability of the mother has got to be huge in this case. This has got to be both good for the mother and the children. How about when the siblings get alone together with mom not around? Can God do something with that?
I believe in God operating in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. I see it all the time. He is so much bigger than we give him credit for. He can do things in ways that are hard to figure out or comprehend. He’s God.

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6 Responses to ““Mommy, what was that?””

  1. timbob Says:

    Good morning. This may sound strange, but in this area at least, it seems that mothers with children at their side will most often accept a tract; provided they aren’t also juggling four bags of groceries while talking on a cell phone. Come to think of it, a majority of the rejections, at least in Kalamazoo, seem to come from people who are by themselves. Perhaps it’s a regional thing. I know that generally people in Elkhart and even in Chicago are more receptive than folks in Kalamazoo.

    Nonetheless, those situations of rejection; especially when children are present, are unique and as you state, the Lord can work in the most incredible ways. Thanks for the pondering.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

  2. Richard Says:

    Timbob,
    Well, out here in “the least church-ed state” it could well be different. Also, here I would say that you would get more rejection with two or more.
    “regional thing”, perhaps.
    We pray the His mercy will be extended to all those who take one opportunity to reject. May the next time come before it’s too late!

    Bless you bro

  3. ProdigalKnot Says:

    I’d say, Richard, that you need to make sure the name of Jesus is associated with your attempt to pass on the “Good News”. At least then, the kids will have an idea what the refused tract was about.

    Love ya, in Christ!
    Steve

  4. Richard Says:

    ProdigalKnot,
    Good point brother. Each case is different. Sometimes they get to hear about “Jesus” when the “preaching” is going forth. Other times, it is in passing that they either take or refuse. But in any case, I agree with your point that “the name of Jesus” be lifted up.
    Bless you bro.

  5. code Says:

    Hi Richard,

    I live in NYC and people are always passing out fliers for all sorts of things when I walk by. I never take them. I don’t even think about what they might be passing out b/c it’s more annoying than anything.

    I’m not trying to discourage you from passing out tracts, but I don’t think a mother should be judged because her children are with her and she doesn’t accept a piece of paper from a stranger. I’m not so sure that’s fair.

  6. Richard Says:

    Code,
    We all live in different areas and that’s OK. I was just sharing what takes place where I live.
    Usually, people that don’t like passing out “tracts” have not experienced the power of God working through them. And that’s OK.
    As long as we are being faithful to do what He has called us to do, no problem.

    May God bless you as you go out!

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