Thursday, December 18, 2008

Questions of Christmas

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

I was reading Bethany and Joseph a story before nap time. The story was about the birth of Jesus. I read, "Mary was going to have a baby. An angel told Mary and Joseph that this baby would be very special. He would be God's own Son, Jesus!"
Bethany interrupted me and had this very deep expression on her face. She couldn't get her words out and said, "Um, um, ummmm, so A um, um,um, SO Joseph wasn't Jesus' daddy? Was Joseph his daddy, or GOD?!" I was stumped and tried to explain that God put Jesus in Mary's tummy and He was his father and Joseph helped take care of Jesus. Joseph was like a daddy to Jesus, I told her.
Again, Bethany's brows went down and she had this confused look on her face. "Well, SO, um, um, so um,.."she started again. "So did God marry Mary? Or did Joseph?" Deep breath, that was one of those moments where I felt like I need a theology degree, to answer a 4 year old's questions.
I went on to try as I might to explain that Jesus was a special child. He was God's child, different than Jenna or Joseph or her. I asked if she understood and she quickly, sharply said, "No." After a pause she said, "But we are God's children! We are His people. Are we just His people and not His children?!?"
I have to admit, I explained it the best I could and I know she is still confused. How amazing that she is trying to comprehend and questioning what we are telling her. At these times I feel so inadequate to be her mother. I trust that God will continue to answer the questions I don't know the answers too. That where there is doubt and confusion, He will put faith.
Isn't that how life continues to be? I am full of questions about God and life. I have faith that He is in control and His plan is perfect.

1 comment:

Ruth Ann said...

Wow. Isn't it so true where it says: "Out of the mouth of babes"?? You did good - I think God will give us the grace we need at the appropriate time. It's a huge responsibility.