I’m in awe of children’s ability to see God—from a different angle than ours. Ryan Lee is one example. The 4-year-old and his father, Dan, have just read Matthew 14:22-32 about Jesus walking on water and Peter’s lack of faith causing him to sink.
Ryan sat pondering this story and the fact that his little sister’s name, Anna Lee, is the same as one of his playmates at church, Anna Lee (Wolf). After thinking for a moment he asks his father, “Where did Anna Lee come from?”
“She was adopted from China,” Dan Lee answers.
“But how did she get here?” Ryan persists.
“I guess she came by boat or plane, Ryan,” his father says.
“Well, why didn’t she walk?” Ryan continues.
Patiently, Dan explains, “Because there is an ocean between China and the U.S.”
Ryan turns his head and, puzzled, says, “But, Dad, if she had enough faith she could have just walked across.”
Perhaps children could show Peter a thing or two about walking on water. Faith like Ryan’s teaches me to cling to hope in Christ. Their simplicity of reason and confidence in God astounds me.
Children like Ryan make me question how adults see God. Maybe we should listen to the Gospels or other biblical stories not only as stories but also as realities, as children do—because that’s what we all are, the children of God.
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