Last week our four year old Grandson, Luke, insisted to his mum that he was three years of age and not four. Where had he got this information? At Grandma’s house! He was so adamant that his mum phoned us and asked if indeed we had told him he was three. Nothing was going to change his mind. Eventually he explained that he had stood on something at Grandma’s house which said he was three. It didn’t take us long to figure that it was the bathroom scales. They weigh in Stone as well as Kilograms. I went to check and sure enough 3 Stone is in the region of his weight. He was correct, he is three but not in years.
Subsequently a friend asked me to document an answer to prayer which she planned to submit to the Church newsletter. She related the story to me over coffee after the Sunday morning service. On Monday being fairly satisfied with my account I printed it off and went around to her house to check the facts were accurate. Well! I returned home with scribbles all over my perfect version of events, I couldn’t believe how many discrepancies there were in my account I was sure I had recorded it verbatim.
Recently, our Pastor said that we should never presume that we know what goes on in other people’s lives and minds. We think we know why they react or respond in the way they do. We have a few facts and fill in the blanks, but we don’t know, and we should never assume that we do.
If you want to find out the truth about God the best place to look is in His account of who He is. The Bible contains many hundreds of such references. One of the most well known is: The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalms 23:1), The short chapters in 1 John refer to Him a number of times as Father. My current favourite is that He is the ‘God of all comfort’ (2 Cor 1:3-4).
Luke when he was actually three. (Not four)