I find explaining God to a three year old is an almost impossible task. I mean, I don’t even understand God and I’m 35. How can a 3 year old comprehend a concept beyond all of us?
But to me, the most important gift I can give my girls is to help them grow to love God and have faith even when they cannot understand. And so I take my little girls to church, say prayers with them at night and try to explain that God made us and loves us.
But really… it is a pretty hard concept to grasp. Don’t you think?
So, I try to explain. I tell Julia that it’s difficult for us to understand God. It’s a bit like the way Sophia is a baby and doesn’t understand that she grew inside of me and that I’m her Mommy. But just because she doesn’t understand, it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. I love her and she loves me and that’s really all that matters. So it’s the same with God. We may not understand how He made us, but we know that He loves us and that’s really all that matters.
Julia seems satisfied with this explanation and nightly asks me to pray that she won’t have any bad dreams.
But one night, she decided to say the prayers herself.
Calmly and with complete reverence she prayed…
“Dear God, please fly down to my house. Sneak in the door and come up the stairs. Come into my room, open my mouth, reach down and pull out any bad dreams. Then take them with you and fly back to heaven.”
Trying not to smile, I kept my eyes closed and stayed with her until she fell asleep.
Then the next day we were out for a walk. As Julia rode along on her bike she made up songs as she often does. But this time, the song was a little different. She sang…
“God can fly. We cannot. We can only walk because we are people. But God can fly.”
Again, I tried not to laugh out loud. But I did let myself smile.