As Nannygranne babysat the four youngsters, they waited for their chosen program to come on after the news.
“Science daily reports that scientists may detect signs of extraterrestrial life in the next 5 to 10 years: The latest Telescope launching this autumn could spot biosignatures on other planets within three days,”1 the news anchor said.
“Whoa, Nannygranne! Did you hear that? A telescope that can see life on other planets!” Bobby was awed!
“There’s no such thing as life on other planets, Bobby,” little Sylvia argued.
“You don’t know that! They haven’t looked everywhere yet.” Bobby wouldn’t be discouraged.
Just then Olivia sat up, turned to face her babysitter and asked, “Nannygranne, what if there is life on other planets?”
“What do you think it might mean, Olivia?”
“If there is life on other planets, then is Jesus really real?” Her eyes said it all. It wasn’t a question. It was a fear.
“Well, Olivia, if there are other planets with life, how would they have gotten there?” Nannygranne wanted to her to think through her fear.
“I don’t know,”
“Would it make sense that if God put us here, that He could also have put others on other planets?”
“I don’t know. I guess.” She was on unfamiliar ground and uncertain of her answer.
“The Bible says that in the beginning God created the universe, right?” Nannygranne offered. “Can you bring your Bible to me and we’ll look together.”
When Olivia returned with her Bible, she settled next to Nannygranne who encouraged her to read Genesis 1:1, 2. “What does verse 2 say?”
“The earth was empty and had no form. Darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit was moving over the water.”
“That’s right, Olivia. Now, what does verse 1 say God did?”
Olivia looked back at her International Children’s Bible. “It says He made the sky and earth.”
“That’s right. Some translations say God made the universe. Now, what happened in verse 2?”
“It talks about the earth,” the girl responded.
“And the rest of the book is about the earth, wouldn’t you say?”
“I think so,” she guessed
“And we always say Jesus came to earth, right?”
“And we know God has always existed and always will, right?” Nannygranne continued.
“Yes.” Olivia was wondering where Nannygranne was leading.
“Is it possible that God did things before He made us? Or before He made our universe? Or that He will do even more after the earth’s story is finished and we’re in Heaven with Him?”
“I hadn’t thought of that.”
“Sometimes we forget that God is as powerful as He is. And we forget that eternity was before us as well as in the future.”
By this time the other children had moved closer. Bobby asked, “So you think there could be life on other planets?”
“I think that with God nothing is impossible,”
“But do they know about Jesus?” Olivia wondered.
“I know that if God made other worlds and if He wants them in Heaven, too, He will show them the way just like he has shown us. And I know that our Savior is Jesus and that we are not God. I know that whatever God decides to do will be good, and fair, and caring. So, I’m going to let Him worry about anyone in other worlds. It’s my job to trust God and tell others on earth about Him. I know that.”
“How can you be so sure?”
“I remember Jesus was talking to his friends after He’d come back alive again after being crucified. He told Peter that one day he would die for Jesus. Peter asked Jesus if John would, too. Jesus told Peter that it wasn’t any of his business. He said ‘If I want John to live until I come back again, what concern is that of yours? You follow me!’2
“So, I learn from Jesus that I need to mind my own business. I need to follow Him. What He does with life on other planets is up to Him.”
Silence filled the room now, except for the commercial playing in the background. The theme music for their program began to play.
“Thanks, Nannygranne. But wouldn’t it be cool to know where they are?” Bobby’s eyes danced.
“Yes, Bobby, it will be. It’ll show us just how big God really is. Just remember that many people don’t want to believe that. Their God is too small. I’m glad we look to a really big God.”
“Sh-sh-sh-sh,” scolded little Sylvia. “Our program is starting!”
1 ScienceDaily, 16 April 2021. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210416194922.htm>
2 John 21:22