My first week as a teacher’s substitute, it makes me smile as I think back on that year.
What a year, who knew children could ask so many questions. I remember a time in school
not so long ago when you could still read Christian books to the students, better yet, when
you could read to them the books they brought from home, which were Christian stories
right out of the Bible. It seems a long time ago that it was even allowed in school.
I was the substitute for kindergarten, all thirty-five students, wow! They loved story time.
I would read and they would squirm. Just when you thought they didn’t hear a word you
said they would ask a question directly related to the story. Then sometimes they would ask
questions that had nothing to do with the lesson, like “how big is the moon”? “Why do bats
hang upside down”? I loved to hear their questions, although sometimes I didn’t know how to answer them.
One day right after story time, the questions began, the children in their excitement to share
would try to help answer the questions. One little girl ask, “how big is God’? I had to think
about that for a second or two, how do you relate the answer on a kindergarten level. I was
perplexed with trying to give an answer that they would understand. I was praying to myself
for the answer. One child raised their hand and shouted, “I know, I know.” I was thinking this should be interesting.
The child answered, “God is as big as three elephants stacked on top of each other.”
The class said “wow, that is big.” That seemed to satisfy the little girl as well as the class.
To come as a little child, for such is the kingdom of God. The interesting part of that day
with the children was, they were not questioning the existence of God, just the size of God.
With a society full of adults that don’t believe in God, it makes me wonder who are the ones
with the wisdom anyway. The children of course. Maybe they should be teaching us!