Thursday, January 14, 2010

Future Missionary, Perhaps?

Olivia and I had a great conversation in the car last night. It's a bit lengthy, so get comfortable!

Olivia: "Mommy, why can't kids drive cars?"
Karen: "Because sometimes driving can be dangerous. If kids drove cars, they'd crash a lot, so only grown-ups should drive. That's why Mommy has to be careful and pay attention--so I don't crash into somebody."
Olivia: "Well, we shouldn't crash into another car, just crash into the trees."
Karen: "We don't want to do to that, either! Many times when people crash into trees, they die or get hurt badly."
O: "You shouldn't say 'die,' Mommy. It's a bad word."
K: "'Die' isn't a bad word! Remember Jesus died on the cross?"
O: "Yes, and that is very sad."
K: "But it's a good thing that Jesus died on the cross, because that's how WE can go to heaven. Besides, what happened after that?"
O: (excitedly) "He didn't stay dead! He came alive again!"
K: "Right!
O: "But he died two times."
K: (pause) "What?"
O: "Jesus died two times."
K: "No, only once."
O: (with certainty) "Yes, he did! My storybook says he died two times!"
K: "Well, we'll have to look at that book, but I don't think that's what it says. Besides, the Bible says Jesus died only once, and the Bible doesn't lie."
O: "Mommy, that's silly! The Bible can't talk!"
K: "No, but who gave the Bible to us?"
O: "God did."
K: "Yes, He did. The Bible is God's Word to us. And God doesn't lie!"
O: "Why did God give us the Bible?"
K: "So that we can know Him. And so we'll know the right way to live. If we didn't have the Bible, we wouldn't know much about God at all! Isn't it a good thing we have the Bible?"
O: "Yes! Everyone has the Bible!"
K: "You know, lots of people don't have a Bible."
O: (incredulous) "WHAT???"
K: "That's right. There are some people who don't have a Bible. Sad, huh?"
O: (very concerned) "Oh, Mommy, EVERYone should have a Bible!"
K: "Yes! That's why missionaries go to different places, to share the Bible with people, and let them know about Jesus. Wouldn't it be exciting to be a missionary!?"

We pulled into our driveway at this point, and Olivia's attention went immediately to the goings-on inside. What a gracious God we serve to ignite such a curiosity in her... how else would a 3-year-old's mind wonder about such things?


TwoMuths said...

AMEN! It's amazing to me, every time our little people have such big people thoughts. So exciting!!

Busch family said...

That's awesome! Thank you for sharing! So exciting!