My three year old son is now fully into the “why” stage…usually followed by “how”. He started asking me where things come from…
Seth: Mummy, where’s this apple come from
Me: Jesus (or God) made it.
Seth: How’s he DO that? (read wonder and amazement into that question).
Now he pre-empts the answer
Seth: Did Jesus make this table?
Seth: How’s he DO that?
Me: Well, he gives people ideas, creativity and ability so they can do it.
Seth is also really into ‘best friends’. Every kid that turns up at the playground is his new best friend so I told him Jesus wants to be his best friend…that put a huge smile on his face…then I told him when Jesus is his best friend he lives inside of him…(what am I getting myself into)…Seth swiftly responds “how’s he DO that” After a brief pause searching my brain for some sort of response I said “the Holy Spirit (yes, that’s right, I’m trying to teach my 3 year old about the trinity) is the part of Jesus that can live inside of you, that way you will never be alone and he can help you to not be naughty”. So now when he’s having trouble doing something I tell him to ask Jesus for help…problem is when he’s frustrated he’s not interested in asking for help, he just wants to sulk.
Now he talks about the Holy Spirit living inside of his tummy…which is about the right spot…and I just trust that God will give him enough understanding to make up for the bits that I try to explain a bit wonky!!