It was an interesting coffee shop conversation. A dad came in with his young son, who I’d say was around 2 years old. The dad ordered a coffee for himself, a cookie for his son, and they sat down a couple of tables from me.
After settling in, the conversation was initiated by the young boy’s constant barrage of questions. “What’s that?” pointing to objects around the room. “Who’s that?” pointing to the server as their coffee and cookie was delivered or someone as they walked in the door. “Why?”
I think you get the picture…right?
After each question, the dad thoughtfully worded his response to communicate at his son’s level…doing his best to actually answer the questions. When the boy repeated a question, the dad would ask if he remembered what he had been told before, encouraging his son to think and learn. Sometimes the child could recall the information, sometimes not…if he couldn’t the dad would share the information again. This went on for the whole 10-15 minutes they were there.
I marveled at the young father’s patience and love. And I was reminded of our Father God’s patience and love for me…for us all. It is a patience and love that moves God to give us his very best. “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost.” (1 Timothy 1:15, NRSV).
Can I get an “Amen?”
Your partner on the journey,