Is 20 long?

Recently, we were traveling and our children asked us how much longer we’d be driving. My husband told them 20 more minutes. Then four-year old Silas calls out from the back seat, “Is 20 long?”

Is 20 long? The question made us smile. So innocent. So sweet. Is 20 long? Silas doesn’t grasp the concept of time. Seconds. Minutes. Hours. They don’t mean much to him. Unless we explain it in terms he can understand. “Twenty minutes is a little bit less than a Veggie Tales video. We wouldn’t have time to watch all of Rack, Shack, and Benny.”

Is 20 long? How often do our questions to God reflect this same innocence, ignorance, inability to understand? Explaining God’s character to humans . . . His infiniteness to our finite minds . . . His love to selfish people . . . His wisdom to foolish people . . . His otherness . . . well, that must be as difficult as trying to explain 20 minutes to a child who has no concept of time.

We come to God, the Creator of all the universe, with our deep, theological questions. We debate with each other this doctrine and that. We feel intelligent and grown-up and wise because we grasp some crumb of Truth. Yet I bet God hears us the same way we heard my son. A sweet little voice calling out, “Is 20 long?”



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7 responses to “Is 20 long?

  1. Your example made me smile. When my daughter was little I used Barnie to help her tell time.

    But, your thoughts remind me that God did the same thing. He gave us pictures in the Old Testament to explain theological truths. Jesus taught in parables. Only, God did this with adults. When are we ever going to get that as finite beings, stuck on a space time continuum, there are some concepts about God that we just will never get (at least on this side of eternity).

    Thanks ~

  2. Julie, exactly. And, yes, God did do the same thing with us. He describes Himself for us in ways we might begin to grasp. But we don’t completely get it, and we won’t completely get it.

  3. This is so good, Jenn. I see such pride in my desire to have a handle on everything. What good would it do me, if I’m not even listening to what I do understand? Deut. 29:29 keeps me humbled: “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” I think I have my work cut out for me in obeying what has been clearly revealed and teaching my children to do the same.

  4. Oh Jenn, I think “Is 20 long?” is going to stick with me a long time. For 43, at least. 😉 What a precious, totally innocent way of remembering how small I am, in comparison to my GREAT Father! Thank you.

  5. cute 🙂

    we could learn a lot from children…this put me in mind of Jesus when He said…

    Remember this! Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

    Thanks for sharing this…it made me smile:)

    btw…now I’ve got the “Bunny” song stuck in my head…LOL

  6. And now, daproffessor, thank you — I do too! ha ha ha

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