I could tell he’d thought about it a while and didn’t know if it was okay that he wondered. He was young enough to know he was supposed to think so, but old enough to know that some people didn’t think so. He’d heard some people on TV say they didn’t. Adults had discussed how bad atheists were supposed to be and nobody said anything about God in the school books.
“What do you hope?” I asked
“I hope he is, but I can’t see him,” he whispered.
“That’s OK, because there are a lot of good things we can’t see,” I assured him. “Can you see love?” He shook his head, a smile teasing his lips. “Can you see a baby before it’s born?” This time he laughed.
I sat down next to him and we tossed a ball back and forth. “Have you learned at school yet how the universe started?” He shook his head. “That’s something you’ll hear about at school. I want to show you something with the ball. Let’s sit down here.”
We sat down and I put the ball between us. “What’s it doing?”
“Nothing.” He knew I was up to something.
“Now turn around and look behind you.” He quickly did a 180 and I quickly started the ball spinning. “Now look at the ball. What happened?”
“You moved it.” He waited for an explanation
“How do you know I moved it?”
“Because you’re the only one there,” he defended
“If you’d turned around and the ball was spinning and I was gone, what would you think?”
“I’d still think you moved it.”
“Why?” I asked
“Because it couldn’t move itself.”
“You are so right! This ball can’t move itself.” I pitched him the ball and he sat in the floor, bouncing his curious prize.
“We know that the universe is moving…and it’s getting wider and wider, like when you drop a rock in water and the rings get wider and wider. Do you think it started moving by itself?”
He looked at me and realized what he had to say. “It couldn’t move itself, either.”
“It looks like there was an explosion and the planets and have been moving ever since. Who do you think made it move?
His eyes were wide. He froze, then whispered, “God?”
“What do you think? Who else might have been there?”
“Aliens?” Kids are so uncensored.
“There are some grownups who think that, too.” I admitted. “Aliens from where?” Now we were having a grown-up conversation.
“I don’t know.” He looked down. “Maybe Andromeda?” Now he was trying to impress me.
“Well…” I pondered. “Wait! Andromeda is part of the universe and inside that explosion…..”
“Oh Yeah. Aliens would be part of the universe…” He returned to bouncing the ball, then tossing it up and catching it.
“Did you know, God is the only one who says how our universe was born. Want to see what he says?” I pulled up the Easy Reading version on my phone’s Bible app and together we read how God made the world, and said, “Let there be light!”
“Wow!” He took my phone now and looked at what I’d read. “I’m going to show this to Buddy!”
“Hold on,” I laughed. “I need my phone back! Ok go get your Bible and we’ll find it there so you can go show him. Don’t forget your ball, OK?”