Last night while saying our prayers Angel asked me if I would pray that Jesus would be with her and protect her. After our prayers Angel asked, “Can Jesus come over tomorrow?” I replied of course, of course and then she said he would drive his car to our house. This made me laugh but also got me thinking. What do children think about God and Jesus? My mom loves to remind me of when I was Angel’s age I would tell the story to anyone who would listen how I remembered being in heaven sitting in my rocking chair at the feet of Jesus waiting for him to tell me it was time to slide down the rainbow into my mommy’s belly. I was so confident in myself and my story and told it with such conviction that my mother asked our preacher if that could have really happen and if I could really remember it. The preacher informed my naïve mother that I was probably making this story up based on stories that I had heard. Angel and I go to church and the school that Angel attends is a Christian based school so she learns about Jesus and stories from the bible at home, school and church. To this day if she sees a picture of a man with long dark hair and a beard she says that is Jesus. We wonder why the majority of us think of God as an old white man with a long beard in a robe that floats around in the clouds, it is
mostly because that is how he is portrayed. I am not trying to go off on a tangent I am just merely remarking on the imagination of children and their perception of God. About a year ago Angel’s dad, who is Catholic, told me that when he asked her why they had to be quite in church her reply was because Jesus was sleeping. I had a friend tell me that how she and her husband got their son to sleep in his bed was to pray with him every night that Jesus would watch over him and protect him while he slept. This worked well except for one night when he came in their room and said “Um I know Jesus is watching over me and protecting me, but I don’t really want to sleep with him tonight.”
I am happy that Angel knows her bible verses and can tell you stories out of the bible like Jonah and the whale and her favorite David and Goliath. I am looking forward to more of her interpretations of it all too. Who knows I may learn something new or see something in a totally different light.