Now in the third week of social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, Nannygranne’s young friends had taken to email, FaceTime, and texts to chat, giggle, and share what’s on their minds. Today even adults agree that loneliness for friends is becoming harder to ignore.
“Thank you, Nannygranne, for playing FaceTime games with me. Mama says I shouldn’t wear out my welcome. Did I wear out my welcome, yet?”
“Oh, not at all. You are very welcome. I promise that if I need to hang up and do something else, I will let you know. In the meantime, I’m having fun, too. But tell your mom I said thank you for being so considerate. Playing with you helps me not be lonely since I have to stay home all the time.”
As they continued, suddenly Jenny said, “Since there is only one God, does God get lonely?”
Nannygranne smiled and said, “Jenny! What a sweet question! Not many people worry about how God is feeling. More of us need to love God like you do.”
“But God doesn’t have any friends. I feel sorry for Him,” she added.
“Well, I have some news for you,” Nannygranne said. “God isn’t alone in his world.”
Jenny, switching from games to funny faces, opened her mouth in surprise. “Who! Who else is there?” Then just as quickly, she thought she’d answered her own question. “Oh yeah! All the people who have gone to Heaven are with him. That’s right.”
“Oh, but God wasn’t alone even BEFORE he made people. You want to run grab your Bible and look at some things with me?”
“Ok. I’ll be right back.” Nannygranne was pleased Jenny was willing to switch activities so quickly. Jenny was growing up and becoming more confident with her Easy English Bible. She soon returned to the screen, ready to look up verses. “Ok, what’s first?”
“Let’s look at the very first book of the Bible. Could you start reading Genesis 1:26 out loud?”
Jenny carefully turned to Genesis, found the first chapter, and ran her finger down to the 26th verse. “God said, “We will make man. Men and women will be like us…”
Interrupting her, Nannygranne said, “Stop right there. Look at it again. Who is God talking to? He said we will make man. He said men and women will be like us.”
Jenny looked up in surprise. “I don’t know.”
“Ok, Jenny. Jesus talked about who is there and who God is. Now look way over in the New Testament. It’s the last thing Jesus told his disciples before he went back home to Heaven to be with the Father. Find Matthew and go to the last chapter, the last two verses.”
Again Jenny checked the index for the page number for Matthew. Carefully she located the last chapter and ran her finger to the end. “Matthew 28:19-20?” she asked. Nannygranne nodded, yes. “Go to the people in every country. Teach them how to become my disciples. Baptize them by the authority of God the Father, his Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
“Ok, Jenny, who all does Jesus say is the authority, or is in charge?”
“…authority of God the Father, his Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Jenny still wasn’t sure she was understanding.
“Who is the Son of God?”
“Jesus told his disciples once that if they have seen Him, they have seen the Father1. The Apostle John said that everything was made by Jesus. 2 And in that first chapter of Genesis, it says that the Spirit of God was moving around on the earth before it was complete.”
“But I thought the Bible said there is one God.”
“There is. It’s so different from our world. It can be confusing. But God is sort of in three pieces. There is the Father God, God the Son–Jesus like you said–, and the Spirit of God.”
Jenny grinned suddenly and laughed, “Oh! So it’s kind of like God is their last name?”
“Sort of…but is still different. I can’t explain it. We just have to imagine the Father, the Son, and the Spirit is so close that if we could see them, they would look like one person.”
Laughing, Jenny added, “With three heads?” Then she shook her head and said, ‘I’m just kidding!”
“Oh, and God made the angels and other creatures that work for him in Heaven3. But do you know what the best part is?”
“What’s the best part?”
“God very much wants us to be his friends. He made the earth and everything in it so we’d have a special place to live. Then God became a baby, then had to grow up and live in our world, showing us the best way to live. Then Jesus died on the cross to pay what we owe for sinning against God. When we go to God and give Him our whole life, God the Spirit comes to be with us and helps us get ready for life in Heaven.”
Jenny, listening quietly, responded, “Wow.”
“I know. Jenny, could you read one more verse for us?”
“Sure.” As Nannygranne gave her the verse, reminding her of these words Jesus’ words, she turned to John 15:14. “And you are my friends if you obey me. You must do what I ask you to do.”
“What do you think, Jenny? Do you think God gets lonely?”
“No, He doesn’t. He’s too busy!”
“And you help me be busy, too, Jenny! But even when we hang up, we can remember we don’t have to be too lonely because God is always here. And He’s probably got some angels working around us, too.”
Jenny smiled broadly, then switched her face comically. Nannygranne followed suit, and once again, smiled at the thought of God’s ways in a child’s heart. Quarantine time was plentiful and was turning out to be an unexpected blessing.
1 John 14:9; 2John 1:1,3; 3Job 1:6, Daniel 3:28, 4:35, 6:2, 10.