It is such a humbling responsibility--as well as a thrilling privilege!--to be someone's first introduction to Christ. Sometimes I can't believe the depth of their questions and thoughts!
Ellia: "No. I'm too little."
Me: "No, you aren't! God loves to hear kids pray! And besides, prayer is just talking. You can talk. It's easy! You can tell God whatever you want, like, 'Dear God, I'm scared.' or, 'Dear God, thank you for being so good.' Or, 'Dear God, I love you!'"
Ellia: "Yes, but you can't give God a hug."
Me: "Well, that's true."
Ellia: "Where IS God?"
Me: "God is everywhere, all at the same time."
Ellia: "Is God in heaven, too?"
Me: "Yes, He is."
Ellia: "What does heaven look like?"
Me: "I don't know, because I haven't been there yet. But the Bible tells us that Heaven is beautiful and wonderful!"
We live approximately 1.5 miles from Olivia's school. One morning last week, we managed to have this conversation in that short ride:
Me: "Wow, what a pretty morning it is!"
Olivia: "Yes! God has made such beautiful things, right Mom?"
Me: "He certainly has! What a great God!"
Olivia: "Why did He create everything? The earth and all the animals and everything?"
Me: "God created just because He wanted to! The Bible tells us that He created everything for His own pleasure. And also because His creation brings Him glory. The trees and the changing seasons, and especially people... we can all show how good God is."
Olivia: "Mommy, is everything that God does good?"
Me: "YES! The Bible says, 'You, God are good, and you do good!' God does ONLY good things! That's who He is!"