"Do you know what is even more powerful than witches?" My 6-year-old nephew Joshua asked contemplatively. I tried to think up some sort of a punch-line while I watched him climb up to the top of the bunk bed but I couldn't catch on to the joke he was trying to tell. Then, his response made me realize he wasn't joking at all: "Family! Especially a family of God!" A little thrown off, I replied, "Wow Josh. That is a really cool way of saying that. You are right. Nothing is more powerful than families of God." That night before I began my scripture study on the bunk below Joshua, I thought about his profound thought. He was right. Nothing was more powerful than a strong family lead by God.
My sweet nephew has always amazed me. Having the opportunity to share a room with him while I lived in Washington for all of 6 months was truly a special experience. He taught me how to dream Star Wars one night: "Do you know what I do to make sure I have Star Wars dreams every night?" he asked excited to answer. "I make the sounds of light sabers and the cool guns out loud and then when I fall asleep, that's what I dream." I laughed at the response finally understanding why he made the weirdest noises every night before he went to sleep. Of course, during the time he made the noises, he also had Scripture Scouts (a christian music CD on bible stories) on max volume to sing to in between his Star Wars sound effects. Listening to him sing to the Scripture Scouts use to make me cry. His voice as a 6-year-old was incredibly on pitch and the courageous way he'd sing it really touched me.
One day I had lost my car keys at church and we could not find them anywhere. I was getting frantic because the car belonged to a friend of mine and I needed to return it. I sent my family on a hunt and it wasn't long before Joshua brought them up to me. I asked where he found them and he responded confidently, "I just prayed and there they were." I thought to myself, "Of course, why didn't I think of that?"
When thinking of Joshua and those experiences in Washington, I often think of Christ saying, "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Joshua taught me the lesson of humility repetitively while living there. He's such a great nephew; I love him and I am so grateful to have him in my family which is indeed more powerful than witches.
Now Joshua is a teenager in the process of a voice change and is still as cute as ever when he sings. I posted a pic of him the way I'll always remember him most though: