Faith and God are always a tricky subject, specially when the question comes from the minds of those unable to comprehend the complicated importance of religion in one’s life.
My five year old recently asked me,” Mom, I’ve been praying for a pet since a few days now. When will I get it ?” You can imagine my heart melting on this high level of unintentional emotional coercion.
After a few days, one morning while his dad was out of town for work, he asks with extreme disappointment in his voice, ” I prayed yesterday for Daddy to be home today. Why didn’t God give me what I wanted. Why hasn’t Daddy come back yet? ”
At first I was at loss for words. Then I responded, ” God is kind of like Mom and Dad. You can ask whatever you want. But he will first think if it’s good for you or bad for you and when is the right time for you to get it and then only you will get it. Maybe you will get it. Maybe you will not get it also. But does not mean you stop asking. Sometimes, you ask for something and you get something else that makes you more happier. ”
That seemed to pacify him and while I was quite proud of myself for thinking up a simple answer, I wondered how much he actually understood. How much he will ever understand!
Religion and faith these days are circles that are constantly intersecting and separating from each other at different points of time. Through it all Believing in whatever you choose to believe to keep you strong is what holds you together. I can only hope that over time my little ones never stop believing. And always know the simple truth that the more you are thankful for, the more you realize you have.