My daughter is starting to get very curious about the world around her.  She is beginning to realize that there is so much more to the world than just what she can see.  Yesterday she was asking whether heaven was higher than space.

(Just like to mention here that my daughter does attend a catholic school and at her tender age she believes that God made everything; she hasn’t started questioning that).

Right then, back to the question at hand.  I went about explaining how we live on a planet that goes around the sun; there are other planets in space that circle the sun and when you put it all together we call that the Solar System.  I even showed her a poster.

“So heaven is in the Solar System?” she asked

“I think so”, I said nodding my head.

And off she went.  I was quite proud of myself at that moment.  I managed to mix in a bit of fact in with faith.

I was always adamant that I would answer my children’s questions with as much fact as required so they felt like they just learnt something new without overwhelming and confusing them.

After all just because they are young doesn’t mean can’t understand new concepts.  That was one of my pet hates growing up.

When I was young all I ever heard was, “You wouldn’t understand, you’re too young.”

“I’m young, not stupid”, I wanted to scream.

So I resolved I would not do that to my children.

But every now and then it backfires on me.  In my quest to be informative I miss what exactly my children are asking me.

My daughter had another ‘hard hitting’ question.  Why did God make nature?

Well I thought I’d be clever again and explain how people and plants breathe and we both need each other to live.

My daughter just looked at me and said, “I think it’s because God wanted to make the outside look pretty”.

Okay sure…pretty.  I suppose that’s an answer.

This post was originally posted on my other Mum’s Word Blog “Why Do I Complicate Things?”

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