Dear Beloveds of God,
Cora turns 3 this Saturday! Can you believe it?! I certainly cannot. My tiny baby is potty trained, moving up to the preschool class, using complex sentence structure, and forming her own ideas about God.
One of the side effects of being a double PK (pastor’s kid) is that she talks and thinks about God as if it is totally natural and normal. When describing her dolls she will say, “that’s just how Doc McStuffins made them. Just like how God made me like this and you like that!” And her narrative about our sweet deceased dog, Lily (who Cora still talks about regularly) is that Lily died and went to be with God. She tells animals at the zoo that God made them in her matter of fact way.
I was nevertheless astounded when, on our family hike on Monday, Cora said that the clouds looked like a blanket God was pulling over us to tuck us in. “God is like a mama tucking us in, isn’t she Daddy?” she said with delight in her little voice. Her daddy (my phenomenal husband) said, “Yes, darling! Just like that. You know a lot about God.” I said nothing. I, like Mary, “treasured all of these words and pondered them in [my] heart” (Luke 2:19).
I was reminded of Psalm 147 in which the Psalmist says that God scatters snow like wool and frost like ashes (v 16) and covers the heavens with clouds (v 8) and I gave thanks to God that God indeed does hide things in plain sight from those of us who “know” too much about God and the world and clouds to notice them but reveals them to the ones who are not so convinced by the way things are that they cannot see the things that may be. This, I think, is what it means that “all things are possible” with God (Matt 19:26)…not that humans will have superhero abilities but that what we have decided is not possible but imaginary, God keeps open as a possibility. We could be tucked in at night to a blanket of clouds by our mothering God. We could be held fast by a wounded, risen lord. We could be bound to one another by a Holy Spirit breathed into and onto us all. The world could be ruled by love and mercy. Life could be abundant. All of these impossible things could be true and indeed God promises that they are. When it is hard, or impossible, to believe them ask God and a toddler to show them to you.