Monday, January 7, 2008

The kids I look after......

I just love the children that I Nanny. They are not ordinary children; both their parents are doctors, she is from Canada and he is from South Africa. Their devotion is their jobs; they love what they do. The mother works about 90 hours or more; he works between 50 and 60 hours a week. They are also Muslims. When I was hired I told them upfront that I was  a christian, so if they had any problem with that we could all just move on.
 It really has been a great opportunity for me. The children are so bright and smart; they have a pure love for their God (even though they don't understand it) After being with them for a year, they seem to think like me. I never wanted to come across that I was going behind their father's back, I just live my life and show a love and devotion for my God. I know they are hungry for that relationship. I play Delirious in the car and at first they didn't care or weren't even interested, but now they love all the songs and they sit back quietly in their seats and listen; sometimes they sing, (the littlest one always sings, she is 2 1/2 ) They love the song "Majesty" that Delirious sings. Sam, (the boy) asks questions like "what does blood of the lamb mean?" I am amazed by their questions at times. He understood and loved my answer. We have had conversations about heaven, hell, christianity, atheism, secularism, politics, President Bush, America and its founders, the pilgrims, C.S. Lewis...(they love Chronicles of Narnia) the Bible, and the Jews. Eighty percent of the time they bring up the question. I love to talk about all of it.... so we usually have wonderful conversations. They are proud of their faith, but they relate and understand mine. I believe that they are viewing themselves more as Christians now then Muslims. They would never say that in front of their dad, (they are only 8, 6 and 2 1/2) their dad is very passionate.....about his belief. 
I realize the effect that I have on these children. I love them and pray that I have planted seeds in their lives that they will never forget. 

5 comments:

Lisa said...

God has placed you in the lives of these children for a reason. They are soaking up every little tidbit of what you know about Christ! What an awesome testimony and encouragement you are!!!

Davene said...

This really is a unique opportunity to reach out to them. I can just imagine some of the conversations you might have. With my 5 year-old (who obviously comes from the same set of beliefs as I do), we have quite interesting discussions about God, etc...with children from another background, I'm sure it would be even more unpredictable what might get asked!

Good for you for loving them and loving your job!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for your sweet notes Lisa and Davene!

Holly B. said...

That is woderful! I know we have talked about this on phone and I am so glad you told the parents straight up that you are a christian. For that in its self is a testamony to the parents. I know God is using you in these peoples lives in a very special way.

I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls said...

You are so sweet Elizabeth! I love hearing about you and the little ones! I do know that you have been kneading the yeast in these kid's lives! You guys are so sweet together. Every time I see you with them they have such a love and respect for you