Early every morning, while they’re still lying in bed, I think my two sons have a meeting. In that meeting, I think they talk about all of the questions they’re going to ask mom and dad that day. The reason why I think this is because as soon as the door to their room opens and they come running out, there begins a day long inquiry into the inner workings of the universe and the God who made it.
“Dad, what’s inside of plastic?”
“Mom, dad says there’s more plastic inside of plastic. Why?”
“Dad, does Batman take naps?”
“Mom, what is the best equation for predicting nonlinear dynamics?”
Just kidding about that last one.
On the way home from church last Sunday, one son asked me about the Garden of Eden.
“If God wanted Adam and Eve to stay away from that tree, why did he make it?”
I answered by telling him that God made all things for his glory and because he made things for his glory, he gets to make the rules. That tree belonged to him, not Adam and Eve. And then I explained how Jesus died on the cross, rose again and is coming back to undo all of the destruction that sin has caused.
“So, dad, if it wasn’t for Adam and Eve sinning, Jesus wouldn’t have died on the cross.”
“So was their sin a good thing or a bad thing.”
“Well, it was definitely a bad thing but Jesus is in the process of making it all good again.”
That’s when I changed the subject to the best equations for predicting nonlinear dynamics.
One of my favorite things about being a dad is all the questions. Each question reminds me of my responsibility to train up my two young sons to be men of God. How I answer them is just as important as what I say when I answer them. The right answer with the wrong attitude can be destructive. That’s important to remember at 8:00 every night when they’ve already asked somewhere around 37,000 questions that day.
God has given me the privilege to shape two young men who he has created in his image.
Early every morning, while my two sons are having their meeting, I’m having one of my own. I’m meeting with my Father, asking him for wisdom so that I can respond to all of their questions in the most Christ-like way. And I’m also praying that God, in his sovereignty, will use their seemingly endless search for the truth to continually direct them to the Truth.
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:5-6 (ESV)