Author Monica Parker wrote a book in 2015 called, “OMG: How Children See God.” It is a magical window into just how children view God, which can be funny, poignant, insightful and sometimes outrageous!
When asked “Who is God?” Layla, aged 8, replied “God is a spirit”, whilst Isabelle, aged 4, said, “God is a girl”.
“What can God do?” the author asked. Evan, 7, said “Everything, he can move himself wherever he wants.” Whereas Shane, also 7, preferred the idea that “God is like a transformer, he can be anything he wants”.
“God is a superhero with red hair”, said one child, whilst another thought that “God is a bearded guy with really big ears”.
When asked to draw God, one child responded, “God is a man or a woman, I don’t know which, neither do you, so I drew God half woman, half man.” Another just remarked, “God is a theory.”
But beware, because, “When God gets mad he lets out the thunder and throws lightening around.”
St Mark records the words of Jesus in chapter 10 of his Gospel:
They were bringing to him little children, that he should touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who were bringing them. But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said to them, “Allow the little children to come to me! Don’t forbid them, for God’s Kingdom belongs to such as these. Most certainly I tell you, whoever will not receive God’s Kingdom like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.” He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them. (Mark 10, verses 13-16, WEB)
Sometimes we can complicate things, we want to know why, how, where and when? Whereas Jesus words remind us that all we need is, simply, faith, because if we can’t receive God’s Kingdom like a little child, then neither can we enter into it.
So remember, “God is a bearded guy with really big ears”!
Thanks to Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church for this song:
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.