Written by: Warren Wiersbe
At our traditional birthday breakfast for our teenage daughter, she announced that her “very favorite” gift was her new Babysitter’s Study bible, bound in pink and blue with her name printed in gold crayon on the cover.
“Did you know that Miriam is the first babysitter mentioned in the Bible?” she asked, looking up from the india paper pages. “I never knew that before.”
“What about Eve?” asked her skeptical little brother, who wants to be a criminal lawyer when he grows up.
“Eve was a mother, smarty!” she replied. “Mothers have to babysit. It goes with the turf. But I find myself identifying with Miriam. Like me, her little brother was a basket case.”
After my wife restored peace, our babysitter went on.
“This Bible has so many special helps for babysitters,” she said. “It’s filled with first-aid hints, children’s games, stuff about child psychology, and even the history of babysitting in the ancient world. Besides all that, every verse that mentions children is printed in dusty rose.”
“What does it say about diaper rash?” asked the young lawyer. “I’m itching to know.”
Ignoring him, she continued. “There are a dozen pages for phone numbers, and it has beautiful photographs of the important babies of the Bible. It’s awesome.”
“I didn’t know they had cameras that long ago,” said her brother. “I always wondered what Jeremiah looked like as a baby. I suppose he was crying all the time.”
“You’re going to be crying if you keep that up!” big sister shouted. “You’re just jealous because I’ll know more about babies in the Bible than you ever will.”
“Who needs to know about babies in the Bible?” he answered. “It’s the big baby in the family that I can’t understand.”
She pushed back from the table and stood to her feet. “That does it! I’m not eating breakfast with this creep. I’m going to my room to study my new Bible, and I’m not talking to this little beetle brain ever again!” And she stormed out.
We sat in silence, chewing our food and pondering the joys of parenthood. Then our junior prosecuting attorney spoke up: “I think she’s reading too many cross references.”
Written by Warren W. Wiersbe
Originally appeared in Christianity Today
Used by permission. Not to be reprinted.
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