A Child’s Understanding

“Hey Mommy, see that man?” my three year old was pointing to the large stained glass window showing Jesus being baptized by John and whispering in his not so whispery church voice.

“Yes, honey, I see Him.” I held my finger to my lips to show him he needed to speak quietly.

“Know what he does?” Kaleb still whispered loudly despite my efforts to shush him.

I glanced up at Jesus and John before smiling at Kaleb. I couldn’t wait to hear what miracle Kaleb would recall or whom he would remember to pray for.

“What does Jesus do buddy?” I asked.

I could already see the glimmer change in his eye and that should have been my first warning. My darling son who was just about to recite a perfect retelling of the Love that is Jesus raised his hands high over his head and brought them down with a SWOOSH! I know arms don’t literally swoosh, but I’m pretty sure his did as he began animatedly telling me about Jesus and what was happening in that picture.

“Jesus takes a BIG HUGE bucket of WATER and he (SWOOSH) dumps it RIGHT OVER THAT MAN’S HEAD!”

I raised my eyebrows and my peripheral vision caught the older boys snickering.

“No buddy, that’s John the Baptist who is dumping the water and, well, he’s not really dumping it. He’s…”

“Oh no Mommy. It’s Jesus and He’s dumping it on that poor man like this. This time his SWOOSH! is accompanied by his falling to the floor. I’m guessing he was showing the force of the flow.

There was no convincing him that it was Jesus being baptized or that the man was not dumping a BIG HUGE (SWOOSH) bucket on anyone, but it did get me thinking. (more…)


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