“What is war?” Lucy asked her daddy as we walked along the Vietnam Memorial.
My heart pinched with the weight of her question. How do you explain war to a beautifully innocent six-year-old?
As always, my husband answered with great patience and care, and for the moment, she seemed satisfied with the response.
This encounter got me thinking about my own innocence. What horrible truths had my mother and father protected me from in the past, so that my innocence could be preserved?
On a deeper level…what questions remain unanswered that I have asked my Father in Heaven? What is He protecting me from?
If you spend enough time in the Gospels you will notice that Jesus often chooses to answer a question with a story. Why?
Well, because everyone loves stories. We can insert ourselves in the midst of the narrative, bringing it to life. Stories are also more innocent, less direct…leaving room for our curious nature. We are able to form our own answers over time, as we mature and grow stronger in knowledge and truth.
God is striving to preserve our innocence, in much the same way as our earthly parents. He wants us to grow, but under His protection and in His timing.
Climb up on his shoulders, allow Him to carry you for a while, and don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions.