As we were driving home a couple of days ago, my 2.75 year old daughter made a wonderful observation. Here’s how the conversation went:
A.: God did that!
Mommy: God did what?
A.: God painted the sky.
Mommy: God painted the sky?
A.: God painted the sky blue! I’m gonna call God!
My daughter then opened her cellphone (it is an actual phone that our cellphone provider gave her the last time we upgraded phones) and said,
A.: God, did you paint the sky blue? Oh…okay!
She then gave Him her phone number (yes, she does know my husband cellphone number and uses it as her own), and said,
A.: I’ll call you back…bye!
The entire discourse probably lasted less than 30 seconds, but those 30 seconds made me feel so incredibly warm and filled. I am pleased that my daughter feels so comfortable knowing she can call up God anytime she wants and talk about whatever she wants. It’s that childlike approach to God that exudes a confident humility adults so often lack when going before Him. That is, we sometimes approach Him with “thee’s” and “thou’s,” language common in the 17th century, but not the 21st century (don’t we understand He knows we don’t speak King James English?) We sometimes don’t believe we know how to approach God, so we don’t. We sometimes don’t approach God at all — out of fear.
But what if we had this childlike attitude? What if, when we saw something in our world that makes us catch our breath we said, “Wow, God, thank you for that.” What if, when we had a problem, we’d say, “I’m gonna call God,” and proceed to really do it. What if, when we know God worked something out that we had no idea what to do with that we said, “I acknowledge, Lord, you did that for me…thank you.” What if we did all that, and afterward said, as my daughter said that day, “I’ll call you back…bye!”
I know that if I regularly had this attitude, I would see things in my world much differently than I sometimes do – for the better. I’m working on it.
What about you?
Out of the mouths of babes…Isn’t it great what children can teach us?