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Topic: Great Expectations (not about the book) (08/25/11)
TITLE: Why Not?
By Joey Parker
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Dan answered, “What, son? What?”
“We were in Sunday School and Miss Sandra said that we should pray that God will make us transparent with everything we do.”
Dan looked down at his bubbly eight year-old son with amusement and pride. To see him excited over such a thing couldn’t help but bring a smile to his face. “She’s right. We shouldn’t try to hide things from God or others. We should be an open book so others can see God through us.”
Thomas gave him a puzzled look for a moment before he perked back up and smiled a huge smile. He declared, “I want to be transparent.”
“That’s good, son, but…” Dan’s thought trailed off as he began to be suspicious of something. Thomas’s enthusiasm wasn’t fitting with the subject matter at all. He exchanged a quick look with his wife and saw an equally puzzled look on her face as well. He decided he needed to back up at this point and clarify something. “Thomas. What does transparent mean?”
“To be invisible.” Thomas returned a smile that flooded his face with a hope-filled joyfulness.
Dan looked over to his wife and saw that she was openly smiling now and Dan felt his own grin grow. He turned back to Thomas. “You can’t be invisible, son.”
Thomas’s entire body seemed to wilt as Dan’s words hit him. “I can’t?”
“No, son. I’m sorry.” He gave him a pat on the shoulder and turned to say something to his wife, Peggy, when Thomas spoke up once more.
Dan turned back and saw Thomas looking at him with complete confusion. “You just can’t. You can’t be invisible.”
“But…” Thomas’s face scrunched up with the thought he was trying to process. “You mean, God can’t make me invisible?”
Dan knelt down to Thomas. “Well, yes, God can make you invisible but…”
“So I can be invisible!” Thomas was once again smiling from ear to ear but was now jumping up and down.
Dan closed his eyes and shook his head in exasperation. “No, you can’t. God isn’t going to make you invisible.”
Thomas stopped jumping and gave him a serious look. “Why not?”
Dan sighed heavily. “He just won’t. There’s no reason you need to be invisible.” He really didn’t see how else he could put this. It just didn’t make sense from a logical standpoint.
Thomas wouldn’t be swayed that easily. “If I pray and ask God to make me invisible and He wanted to do it, then He could make me invisible.”
Dan couldn’t believe he was losing an argument with a 2nd grader. He looked up to Peggy and saw her covering her mouth with her hand. A look of merriment filled her eyes. “You want to help me out here?”
“Oh no.” She replied. “I’m not getting into the middle of this.”
He turned back to Thomas and saw that he would not be wavered on this. Thomas believed that God would make him invisible. Nothing Dan could say was going to change that. Logic didn’t work on a child. He ducked his head in defeat and let out a long breath. “Fine. You can ask God to make you invisible. Knock yourself out.”
“Thanks, Daddy.” Thomas gave him a hug before pulling back and looking Dan in the face. “What are you going to ask God for?”
Dan thought for a moment and smiled good-naturedly at his son. “I’m going to ask for the wisdom of a child.”
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