Four-Year-Old Wisdom

Four-Year-Old Wisdom

by Linda Santmyire

Zechariah—all boy with the attention span of a typical four year old, full of questions.

My husband and I love spending our Sunday’s with this youngest grandson. We pick him up for church, go to lunch, and then the rest of Sunday afternoon varies. I have found it best to let him pick the play with some gentle guidance, then join in.

One particular Sunday this Spring, an array of garden tools leaning against the back of the house sparked Zechariah’s interest. We chose two spades, one just his size and a larger one for me, and headed for our little 4 X 4 vegetable garden. For quite a while he was content to turn over the soil, all the while asking questions. Why are their rocks in the garden?  Do you think we will find a worm?  Why don’t you want these plants (weeds)?  When is Daddy picking me up?  Can we ride bikes next?

Together we worked the garden in the beautiful, blustery, Winnie-the-Pooh-in-the-hundred-acre-woods kind of day. Zechariah loved digging, but was clearly annoyed by the wind because his next question was “Mimi, why did God make the wind? I don’t like it” To which I replied, “Neither do I, but maybe God made it to blow away bad things like germs. I’m sure He thinks it is good for us.”

After a long pause this four year old digging away in my little garden spoke with the wisdom of a sage….. “Mimi, if you want to know why God did something, you have to read your Bible.”  

Totally caught off guard by that simple, yet profound, response, I began musing about all the Sunday school lessons, Superbook episodes, and quiet times on mine and his mom’s laps. These times were making an impact. He must have thought I hadn’t heard him, because with the tenacity of a four year old who wants to be heard, he stopped his digging and repeated. “MIMI, listen to me! He does you know….God speaks to us and tells us all we need to know when we read the Bible.”

What a sweet, humbling reminder of a fundamental truth. God tells us what we need to know about His character, His truth, His expectations and His promises in His Word.

We often spend time wishing God would just tell us what to do, and too often forget He already has. Francis Bacon, the 15th century scientist stated,  “There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent us from falling into error:  first the volume of Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of creation which expresses His power.”

We can find God in many surprising places if our thoughts are trained on Him—even in the garden playing with a four year old.  

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