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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Question (05/24/12)

TITLE: Why is it...?
By Cynthia Dawson


Why is the sky blue? Why are the trees’ green? Where do baby puppies come from? Why is my hair yellow? Why am I a boy and you are a girl? Riding in the car with a chatty two year old can be quite amusing. One sunny summer day my young son and I were out for a car ride, we had been in the car for maybe 5 minutes when the questions began.

“Mommy?” It was the sweet voice of my two year old from the back seat.

“Yes dear?” I replied.

“What is that?” he asks.

“What is what dear?” I said as we were traveling down the road at fifty five miles per hour and he is pointing out of his window in the back seat.

“That tall thing, there are lots of them.” There is agitation in his voice, after all I’m supposed to know what he is talking about, and I should have used the eyes in the back of my head to see what he is pointing at.

“Do they have green tops?” I ask, hoping against hope he was talking about all the trees’ lining the highway.

“Yes, they do have green tops.” He said.

“Those are trees dear. “I was happy to realize it was indeed the trees he was pointing to. I had located the object of interest this time and was happy to have found it so promptly.

“Why is it a tree?” He wants to know. He is sincerely interested in this topic, how I love his curious mind.

“God made it a tree,” I’m happy to answer, after all, he couldn’t argue that point.

“Why did God make it a tree?” Great, it was a response he could argue. What was I thinking? He is two he can argue any point.

“He knew we would need them, son,” came my unacceptable answer

“Why do we need them?” he ask.

“God made them to help produce the air we breathe. We also cut them down sometimes for the wood furnace to keep the house warm in the winter.” Again very pleased with my answer, surely this would satisfy him.

His response was an acceptable, “Oh!”

We possibly had three minutes of silence when the next round of questions began and we started talking about why the sky is blue.

Our trips in the car were always full of these answer and question sessions. I’ve always been astonished at how many questions a child can ask.
I realized early on that small children are question machines. It’s how they grow mentally and learn about the world around them.

After raising four children the one question they never ask me was “Is Jesus real?”

They never felt a need to question Him or His love for them. How I wish the children could have stayed in that mental age where Jesus was good and it wasn’t questioned. Where others didn’t try to make them believe He wasn’t real. To have protected them from teacher that told them we are evolved apes.

The Bible says unless we have the faith of a child we won’t enter heaven.

My children were beautiful teachers on that topic. There was no need to question God or Jesus. They made us, they were good and they loved us, what else did they need to know.

I strive daily to be like my children were when they were young; to never question what I know is true. To have the faith that God is there and looking out for us and that He loves us so much that His own son was crucified to save us from our sin.

To know that God longs to fellowship with us on a daily basis, my children knew this, accepted it and didn’t question it.

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C D Swanson 05/31/12
Oh, this was so beautifully illustrated and such a well crafted entry. Great job with the topic and bringing the point home in a powerful conclusion. Nice job!
Thanks. God Bless~
Helen Curtis06/03/12
Oh to have the faith of a child again, where we are so confident and trusting in our wonderful heavenly Father. This was a lovely reflection. Well done.
Laury Hubrich 06/03/12
I loved this age too but our kids grow out of it so very fast. Of course, they soon grow into - Why can't I go with my friends? Why can't I stay up late? ... haha:) If only we could keep that faith like a child. If only...
Joe Moreland06/03/12
You captured the spirit and personality of the child so well and you showed us your heart in your patient responses. The transition into your main message was smooth and brilliantly done. A great job all the way around. Thanks for sharing this with us!
Allison Egley 06/03/12
This is great.

One minor thing. While there are different rules for numbers, numbers 0-10 are almost always spelled out. So it should be "five minutes."

I loved this. And yes, kids do question things all the time.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/03/12
This is a sweet story. I toyed with an idea of writing the constant whys a child asked. I'm glad I didn't because you did a great job with it.

Just some tiny red ink: trees shouldn't have an apostrophe and numbers under ten (some say under a hundred) should be written out. You may want to use a descriptive line instead of a dialog tag line like he said. Instead say He pointed out the window, his voice getting louder with each question. It still tells us who is talking along with the fact he may be getting frustrated.

The ending is perfect. Oh to have the faith of a little one. I'd never really thought of it before but my kids also never asked if Jesus was real. And how how they could pray. My youngest could out pray a preacher. I just love the message you delivered. You didn't come off as preachy but very loving and caring. You have a beautiful gift and I know God is using your words to touch so many hearts.

Melinda Melton 06/04/12
The faith of a child is a beautiful thing to hear. You did a wonderful job with this story. It reminded me of my daughter asking questions during a six hour road trip. She talked fot five solid hours. I kid you not! Nicely done with this piece. God Bless!
lynn gipson 06/04/12
This reminds of riding in the car with my five year old grand daughter.(the eight year old one knows everything, you see). The questions she comes up with! This is excellent writing and I loved it. I don't know why I didn't think of this.

God Bless! Lynn
lynn gipson 06/04/12
I forgot to say, when I asked Genesee (the five year old one) about Jesus she said "Jesus love me and be kind to others" Yes, we should all have that kind of faith.
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/04/12
I enjoyed "riding along with you and your son." That was an excellent way to lead into your main point. Your story contains a wonderful message.
Laura Manley06/04/12
This was a lovely store, especially the ending; however, from a believeable standpoint, I had a little trouble with a two-year old speaking so well. I'm around young children a lot and I don't find they converse as well as this lad did. That said, I still think your story line was very good and it had a great message.
Dannie Hawley 06/05/12
I laughed at the Mom's confidence in answers, as well as the boy's questions. I have no troule believeing a 2-yo can converse like that as my foster daughter had more questions than trees in any forest and could drive the current topic into the ground before moving on to the next one. The Mom's patience is as much a witness to the love of Jesus as the rest of the article. It is so beautifully done... puts a smile on the face and a deep warmth in the heart. Thanks!
Connie Walcott06/05/12
I had to laugh when I read the first few lines... your story immediately took me back to the days when my daughter was the one with the never ending questions!

I love how you used a simple, daily activity to exemplify the spirit of Deuteronomy 6.

Great story, nicely done!

Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/08/12
Congratulations for ranking 13th in level 1!