Driving in the van the other day, Will commented that one of his friends had been mean so he didn’t want to be his friend any more. I explained that everyone can be mean sometimes (even my precious little Will!), but we can still forgive them and be friends. I said the only one who is never ever mean is God.
“Except for that one time,” Will replied.
“What??!!” I asked, bewildered.
“God was mean one time,” Will insisted. I asked when that was, and Will answered, “When he sent that fish to swallow Jonah.”
Ah… God, theology, the world through the eyes of a child! And the fun we parents have in trying to help them sort it all out!