June 6, 2014 at 10:37 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 6 months.
After our routine prayer before dinner one night earlier this week, you asked Mommy and me, “What does ‘Gods’ look like?”
That’s one of those classic kid questions. I love it.
Yet I was so caught off guard by your sincere question of what God looks like, that now, I couldn’t even positively tell you how I answered you.
I mean, you’ve grown up with prayer in our house: In the kitchen before meals, in front of the house before we all leave for work and school, and in the car before we go on long trips.
You’re very familiar with the concept of our family speaking to someone we can’t actually physically see.
Just tonight, while you were holding hands with us during prayer, you began whispering the words to “Ring Around The Rosie.”
I thought you were attempting to pray.
Actually, I guess you were- the best way you knew how.
Still, you have the ability to understand that God is real and invisible; unlike monsters, who you know are not real and only visible on cartoons.
I love admiring the way you are attempting to understand God; because I’m in the same boat, just about 29 years ahead of you.
Of course, speaking of years, the way I see it, time only exists as we know it because of the rate at which the Earth spins and the rate at which it rotates around the sun and the rate at which our temporary bodies age.
That’s how we measure time here on Earth.
But beyond us, greater than us living on this planet, I wonder if time really exists?
Is it true that my Italian grandfather who I was so close to growing up is actually waiting to meet us in Heaven? Or in the “Heavenly Time Zone,” will we pretty much just appear there about the same time he arrives?
So many questions I have about God and Heaven and what life really is like outside of our version of life right now.
With that being said, just know that when you asked what God looks like, it’s something I wonder too.
I think a lot of people are going to be shocked if He doesn’t have a long white beard and a robe.