Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Signs


Getting tagged yesterday, got me thinking...we all have those areas in our lives that are off limits. They are like the closet you are afraid to open, because you are afraid of what might spill out for everyone to see. Maybe you even post signs (or string barbed wire) to keep nosy friends at bay.
Sunday I had the opportunity to lead an elementary schools boys small group at Brentwood. The overarching topic was "Why does God allow bad things to happen?" My first response was "I volunteered for this?", because this is a question that many adults struggle with much less lead a group of adolescents to talk about.
They huddled around, as if keeping warm by the fire, surprisingly rapt with attention and began to teach me a few things. Many of them shared about loved ones that had passed away or people that had picked on them. Their transparency was refreshing. When do we lose that?
When it came time for the dreaded question, one little six year old boys spoke up, "Because God has a plan." Simple, yet ever elusive when we are in the midst of a trial. All the boys nodded, and then one figured out you could squirt the hand sanitizer.
Amazing what you can learn when you are willing to go beyond the sign.

8 comments:

Daniel said...

Nice. One moment you are dealing with one of the most important questions that a person can wrestle with, and the next you are battling with the soap monster. Priceless.

Rob said...

We are talking about pain and suffering in our current series at WEC. Sounds like the small group went really well for you.

Dot-Com said...

I suppose it doesn't matter what you believe in, there will always be questions with no definite answers. Things that puzzle us, because we don't know why...

jake (to the) holla said...

that is amazing. i love how straight-forward lil kids can be.... and the surprising moments of matter-of-fact wisdom.... it's definitely refreshing

subtorp77 said...

Sometimes, it's the kids that seem to have the answers. Or at least a darn good plausible question. I've learned to watch out for this. Just because they ARE young, their minds still developing, don't let 'em fool you. Most know more than they will let on, but you can read the signs, if you know what to look for.

Cinnamon said...

Good question- 'when do we lose our transparency?' I think it must be some sort of self- protection mechanism to becomes more guarded about sharing. The Bible tells us we should become 'like children'- I suppose meaning we should become more transparent, trusting and truthful?

Brian Miller said...

@daniel - luckily it did not get out of hand, but i was tempted to join in.

@subtorp - too true. they see more and know more than you realised, until the opportune time to share with guests arrives.

@cinnamon - i ponder that often.

Amee said...

I love it! Thanks for taking care of our boys for the morning! Carter really enjoyed it. I hope he wasn't the one with the hand sanitizer:)