When I was a child, I spoke and thought like a child! My parents love to recount a story from when I was six or seven years old. They were reading the bible story out loud from 2 Kings of the young boy who dies but when Elisha the prophet stretches himself over him, the boy wakes from the dead and sneezes seven times. Well, when I first heard the part that day about the seven sneezes, I immediately said to my parents with much conviction, “I don’t belief it.”
Confused as to what I was referring to, mom and dad thought they had a little skeptic on their hands and asked in concern, “What don’t you believe?”
I replied fervantly, “the boy couldn’t have sneezed seven times!” Needless to say, mom and dad felt a little relieved and I’m sure couldn’t help but chuckle!
I tell this story because I wonder sometimes what questions I/we will be asked by our child(ren:) as they grow. There will be many I’m sure and I pray that when they do ask those questions concerning matter of faith that they will ask them with a true thirst to know and learn, both from us as their parents and from their own exploration of the bible.
Whether relatively simple/trivial questions like the one above or ones that show a more serious confusion and/or doubt, it is one of my most passionate prayers as a future parent that their hearts will truly be penetrated by a relationship with Christ at an early age and that they will hungrily seek, find, trust and believe.