Bringing About Supernatural Thoughts.
Having a 3-year old son is an adventure to say the least. Consistently full of imagination and strong will.
Yesterday is a great example. It all started with a great conversation about who God is, which has been a common conversation these days. My wife went into our regular responses focusing on God living in heaven and His creation of us and everything around us.
Things were going well, until Jude’s understanding of fact and fiction, within the realm of the unseen world got a little distorted.
Waiting for a response, Nicole paused in her explanation.
Jude looked at my wife with a serious face and said, “I’m Batman!“
Trying to keep Jude focused, Nicole replied, “no, you’re not.“
In just as serious of a face he swiftly retorted, “I’m a super hero!“
Again, Nicole replied, “No, you’re not, ” followed by “Jude, you can pretend but you’re not really those people.“
Without skipping a beat, Jude widened his gaze at his mother and with a firm voice said,
“Look into my eyes and feel my powers!“
In Jude’s world, there was a link between Nicole describing God and his ability to have super powers. Perhaps, Jude sees God as some super hero going around creating things with His super powers.
Perhaps, Jude just wants a piece of that power? Perhaps it’s time to talk to him about the power that we have through God? More importantly, perhaps it’s time to bring Jesus into the picture, explain why we pray in Jesus’ name and the power within that name?
Reflecting further, maybe this little conversation with Jude took place to get Nicole and I thinking outside of our normal instruction on faith? After all, when was the last time we truly acknowledged the power that the name of Jesus holds?
Have we fallen into a state of ending prayers without fully understanding the super power in which we speak?
Paul explains the power that the name of Jesus holds.
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:9-11)
Jesus words on prayer.
“In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (Jn. 16:23-24)
As a parent, it can be tough to determine how far we allow our child’s imagination to travel. Yet, in a 3-year old mind, where does imagination start and faith begin, or vice versa?
Jesus rebukes His disciples.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (16b-17)
I can’t fully comprehend how Jude made the connection between figuring out who God is and becoming a super hero. In his mind they match somewhere.
What I do know, is that God has done and continues to do some amazing, supernatural things in our lives and the world around us. Nicole and I will continue to work through Jude’s questions, even if they go south like yesterday’s conversation.
We’ll just be thankful that he’s asking any questions at all.
Join the Conversation, Leave Your Thoughts
When’s the last time you spent some time discussing God with a child? What came out of that discussion?