Monday, September 08, 2008

Q & A with Eliana

As you can see from the above picture, Eliana is learning a lot these days. She's been asking more and more questions about Christ's work on the cross and her standing before God. We have been very encouraged by her increasing interest in these things, though we often find it difficult to give adequate reponses, particularly to a 4-year-old. Though we try to look for natural ways to bring up spiritual matters with the girls, Eliana is frequently bringing up these matters more on her own, naturally and not-so-naturally.

The other day we were driving down the road when out of the blue Eliana inquires from the back row of our minivan, "Mom, where is your soul?" Unfortunately, having absolutely no context and trying to hear her over the sound of the engine, a baby crying and two rows of seats I had thought she had said, "Mom, where's your school?" I repeated it back to her several times, asking if that's what she had said and what did she mean, only to keep hearing, "Yeah, where's your school?" So, I told her I didn't have one. Oops.

When she finally gave me some context to her thoughts I had to make another mental note to be sure I understand the question she's really asking before I give an answer. I wonder how many times I've confused her with my response. (She's certainly confused me a number of times!) But thank God for His grace! I'm glad I had the chance to correct my blunder.