Thursday, April 19, 2012

Little Conversations

I love those moments in my classroom where conversations about God and life come from the smallest little moments.

Today it happened at a time when I was rushing around trying to make sure we had everything ready for standardized testing. One of my kiddos was sitting there reading "The Beginner's Bible", and he called me over to answer a question.

He pointed to a picture of Goliath on the cover and asked, "Miss Miller, why does this have a picture of a bad guy on the cover when everyone else is a good guy?"
Which got us talking about how in truth, none of us our good guys. We're fallen human beings who live in a sinful world--we're not the good guys. Which led to a discussion on Adam an Eve.

"If I were Eve, I would have told the snake 'NO!'" He told me confidently.

"Really, so whenever you're tempted to not listen or to goof off, you always say no?"

"That's different, Miss Miller."


"Well, because....I don't know. Anyway, they could talk to God, so it was easier for them." Which moved the conversation on to prayer.
"Miss Miller, do you ever hear God speaking to you? Like in the 'Prince of Egypt' where His voice came down from the sky."

"Yes, God speaks to me, but not quite like that.

"Oh, yeah, He speaks to you when He makes your prayers come true." Hmm...God is not quite the same a fairy godmother, child. :)

"Honey, God doesn't always answer our prayers with a yes."

"I know, but it's only when I pray bad things, like, "Let there be no school tomorrow.'"

"Or sometimes when we pray good things, like, when my grandma was really sick and I prayed for her to get better."

"But that's good. God said yes to that one!"

"No, He didn't. Not in the way I wanted Him to."

"Oh, why not? It's a good prayer?" And that, my friend, is the million dollar question. I love those moments when I can be completely honest with my kiddos and tell them, I don't know, but I do know that God sees a bigger picture than I can understand. And I know He's in control, and I am ok with that.

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