Out of the Mouths of Babes (Or Learning from Children)
One Saturday morning while on an errand to buy donuts with two of my children, I had a rather humorous conversation. They were three and five at the time, and as we drove along, we talked about everything you’d think such young children would be able to discuss. Aaron, the younger of the two, had been especially concerned with being bigger.” As we drove along under the freeway overpass, he asked, “Dad, why didn’t God make us bigger than the freeway?” I must sheepishly admit that with all of my missionary experience and theological training, I could not answer my little boy’s question.
One of the traps that we often fall into as believers is that we think we must be able to answer every question about God that is ever put to us. Many times, when we’re feeling forced to answer some unanswerable question, we flounder and fall flat on our faces. Too often, we forget what the Lord has told us through the prophet Isaiah (55:8):
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are my ways your ways, declares the Lord.
There are some things about God that we just will not be able to explain. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not suggesting that every time we feel stumped in the course of a witnessing conversation we should explain away the question or problem by saying that God’s ways are higher than ours. His superiority is not an excuse for our ignorance. We certainly ought to study the Scriptures diligently to learn what he does reveal about his nature. Then we will be able to please him more, and to take comfort in who and what he is to us.
One of the Scripture passages about God that impressed me after that freeway conversation was Psalm 121:4: “Behold, he who keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” As the father of young children, I can really relate to the implications of that verse. I know how I feel after a night of waking several times to answer the call of a helpless newborn or a feisty toddler.
Imagine if we had to do what God does! The text of Psalm 121 does not say that God wakes up several times every night to check on Israel. It says that he never slumbers or sleeps. His watchful care over Israel is constant. In fact, Scripture teaches that God watches that way over all who are his children. Yeshua himself said that God has each hair on our heads numbered.
While it may be difficult for us to understand many things about God—including why he did not make us bigger than the freeway—there are many things about him that we can understand. One of the most comforting of those is his love, care and commitment to us.