I think it was at dinner time on Monday of this week (Feb. 13th, 2011) and DS4 asks, "Can we reach God?" I don't even know what initiated the question in his little head, it wasn't related to anything that we had been talking about recently. He's always been into how BIG God is and Fast and Strong and the Best. And ever since Granny passed away 2 and a half months ago, his concept of heaven and where God is has been developing more.
"Can we reach God?" - How ya gonna field that one, Mom and Dad?
I don't know how to answer it, but I do know Acts 17 talks about reaching God, so I go grab the Bible and read:
24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being...’ (Acts 17:24-28a - NIV)
And so I commentate through, explaining to him what each phrase means, slowing down and emphasizing the verse that addresses his question: "God made us so we would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find him, but He's not far from us because He's with us in each breath we take. So, if He's not far from us and He wants us to seek Him and reach out for Him, does that mean we can reach Him?"
Unaltered by the corruption of "adult-like faith" which is continutally tempted to lean on their own understanding (Prov. 3:6), the faith of the child responds: He can be in our hearts and in heaven!
I am too easily satisfied by the work of the Holy Spirit, for thinking the good little "God-talk" was over, we move on with dinner and a little while later the faith of the child proclaims,
"If there was no God, there would be no us, there would be no anything!"
"You're right, buddy, you are so right."
Abide in Love ~ Abound in Thanksgiving ~ Work in Joy...
Live Fully ~ Suffer Rightly ~ Trust Deeply ~ Bless Truly!
LISTEN & LEARN:
"Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
~ Psalms 25:4,5