She giggled when she handed me the slip. Her Bible class had received a stack of yellow papers along with a WHY TIME box for collecting anonymous questions. But she wanted to have some fun.
I took her paper as she watched for my reaction. Of course, I giggled with her and thanked her. “Do you want me to mail your answer or tell you what I think? Or do you really want to know?”
She looked at me and said, “Oh, it’s not important. Don’t worry about it.”
“I told the class that there is no silly question when it comes to God, so it’s OK.”
I offered to give the slip back to her, but she waved it off. “It’s OK; you can keep it.”
I think she may have been at least curious, knowing the answer made no significant difference. But being willing to learn made all the difference.
“I’ll see if I can come up with something that makes sense. Watch the bulletin board in class. Ok?” I called to her as she walked on. I wanted her to know God was no joke.
When I got home, I found other questions: “How were people made?” “Why is God hiding so that we can’t see Him?”, and “Did God create aliens?”
I wish I could sit down and ask these kids some clarifying questions like, “Do you think God couldn’t make any other beings than humans on earth?” or “Are you worried you can’t find God and be with Him?” Another question would be, “Would you like to see how God does what He does?”
Then I could answer, “God did make other beings besides these on earth. He created angels and heavenly creatures before He made our world. We’ll need to wait and find out if He’s made other worlds. He’s certainly had plenty of time. In the meantime, we do know He made us, and communicated to us how to live well, and also how to find Him if we wish.”
And about finding God, I would assure them that God has shown himself in two ways: in the Bible, and by what He’s made. And He wants us, and wants us to want Him enough to look for Him. One of God’s workers visited Athens, where people thought the gods were Zeus, Athena, Apollo, and hundreds of others. He told them:
From one man he has made every nation of humanity to live all over the earth. He has given them the seasons of the year and the boundaries within which to live. He has done this so that they would look for God, somehow reach for him, and find him. In fact, he is never far from any one of us. Certainly, we live, move, and exist because of him. – Apostle Paul, Acts 17:26-28
As for seeing what God does next, He’s invited us to do just that. His plan is for us to choose Him and His ways. Then eventually He will take us home to be with Him forever. We’ll be amazed and honored to see and celebrate God’s work throughout eternity! And He will answer all of our questions. I don’t want these kids–or me– to miss out on that!
So did Adam and Eve have bellybuttons? Since neither were formed inside a mother, I doubt it.
But many things only God knows for certain, and in the end that’s a question for Him.
“The Lord, our God, has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.” Deuteronomy 29:29