As usual, we were having a delightful time with our Florida family on the beach. The kids were soaking up the sun while keeping an eye on their four young charges. Those young charges – my grandkids – were heading in all directions. Hubby and I were observing and loving each and every one of them.
One of my young grandsons came running over to show me all the pretty shells he had collected. I thought I’d turn it into a teachable moment.
“Isn’t it amazing how God made all these different colors and shapes?” I commented as I pointed to the different ones.
“There are one hundred Gods.” He proclaimed as a matter of fact.
“Uh,” I muttered. “What did you say?”
He repeated, “There are one hundred Gods.”
Now knowing this kid has been brought up with sound teaching in his home and church, I probed farther.
“Explain that. How can that be?”
He patiently explained that, because God is everywhere, there must be one hundred Gods. It made sense to him. It was how he managed to accept the fact that God is everywhere, believing what he was taught, yet condensing it in his mind to something he could understand. Brilliant.
I realized my teachable moment was past and I’d share this conversation with the parents, because in a flash, he was headed back to the water. I’m kind of relieved, to be honest, because I wasn’t sure how to handle that, to explain to his sweet little heart about faith and acceptance. He indeed had shown faith and acceptance in what he had been taught. I know he will understand the ‘big picture’ eventually. His faith will grow as he does. I’ve no doubt.
And my love for him grew deeper that day.
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good.”