Driving home last night, it was just me and Evan. These are the moments that I love and hate at the same time. Driving alone with Evan brings a barage of questions. And usually not easy questions to answer. Last night was no different.
"Mom, what's on Mars?"
"Nothing is on Mars"
"Why is there nothing on Mars?"
I have to admit, I tried the, "Well that's just the way God made it" but that was unacceptable!
"But why did God make it that way?"
At this, I said,"that is a great question. But I think that is a question we will need to ask God when we get to heaven. Because he is the only one who knows why things are created."
That seemed to satisfy. But then he asked again..."Mom, why does Earth have everything and Mars doesn't."
Okay so my Science Teacher background came in and explained that Mars is closer to the sun and therefore hotter a can't support life - omitting the whole gas/atmosphere explanation until maybe he's four ;-).
"Okay mom, but then why did God make all the planets?"
Again, another great question!
I thought about it for a moment. What could I say to a very inquisitive 3 year old that would make sense to him. EVEN when I don't know the answer myself.
"Well Evan, I think maybe God made all the planets to amaze us humans on Earth. You see, how can you see the beauty of the heavens without being amazed at who created those heavens."
Then I told him Psalm 19:1: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands."
He immediately asked what book of the Bible that was from.
After being satisfied with the planets question, he returned to questions about the sun.
"Why did God make the sun, Mom?"
I explained that the sun gives us light and warmth. And also that all living plants need the sun to make food for themselves.
"But mom, why do we need plants?"
"Well, plants give all living things food - you know people, cows, chickens, fish. Everything on earth needs plants to survive."
"Mom but I don't get why God make the sun?"
"Well plants need the sun to grow, we need the plants for food, therefore we need the sun. God made the sun for us live here on Earth"
"Hmmm, I see...."
And then there was silence.