The party continued with a dinosaur scavenger hunt among the pews in the auditorium. The kids were sugared up and ready to run.
My table companion was the older brother of the birthday boy and had been encouraged to hang back so the preschoolers could have their fun. It was a perfect time to continue our conversation. He’d asked earlier when God made the dinosaurs and why there weren’t any on the Ark.
“I’m going to be honest. Scientists have been arguing about when the dinosaurs lived and died for a couple hundred years. The first guy to call them dinosaurs was in 1842…less than 180 years ago. Some say dinosaurs lived and died millions of years before humans existed. Others have done tests that they believe show dinosaurs were still living 50,000 years ago and that cavemen drew pictures of them on stones and in caves. Still other folks are convinced the earth is only 6000 years old. So, to be truthful, it’s hard to know when God made them. Some things God just didn’t tell us and He lets us look at the earth itself and try to figure it out. But you know what? I’m just glad I don’t have to understand all about that to be in His family. I just know God made them…and everything else…in just the right way, at just the right time.
He lowered his eyes in thought, then looked up at me again. “Then were there dinosaurs on the Ark? Weren’t they too big?”
“If they really were extinct before Adam and Eve, then no. But if there were dinosaurs still alive during the flood, Noah could have taken very young dinosaurs who made the journey. We just don’t know for certain. Besides, there are other animals the Bible never talks about.”
“Really? Which ones?”
“Well, cats for one.”
“Cats?!?” He was gobsmacked!
“Yep, cats…and certainly God knows all about them, too. There are some things that are interesting, but don’t change God’s story. So, do you feel like you have some answers now?”
“Yeah, I think so.”
“Good. Just remember that we do know that everything had a beginning and God has the only answer for when that was.”
He lowered his head. I couldn’t tell if it was in thought or disappointment.
“Can I show you one more thing?”
We again peered into my phone screen. I pulled up Wikipedia and typed in “List of Christians in Science and Tech.” He was amazed at the hundreds of scientists living today who believe in the Bible, and the fact that over 65% of Nobel Prize winners in the 20th Century were believers in the God of the Bible.
“I did not know that!” He was thrilled!
“I know! Isn’t that cool? You see, you can listen to folks and what they think, but don’t just take somebody’s word for things that matter. You can find out for yourself what’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” He smiled when I said that. “And trust God to help you find out everything you really need to know. The rest, you can ask Him later.”
“Yeah!” he grinned, raising his hand for a good old high five. “It’s time for cake. You ready?”
He is a great kid, with a kind heart and an honest mind. I had a feeling he’d keep asking questions and looking for the truth. He’d be the guy to answer his baby brother’s questions when he asks someday, “Does God know about the dinosaurs?”