Monday, October 13, 2008

Are you there God? It's me Bean.

Well after deciding we no longer wanted to be considered heathens the hubs and I decided to start taking Bean to church.
Part of the reasoning was not only to not be classified as heathens but the reasoning also stemmed from a conversation that Bean and I had a few weeks prior to our first visit to church.

It was a cloudy, rainy day
(Sounds like a bad novel start)

Bean: Momma, I want to go outside and play on my 4-wheeler.
Me: Bean, sweetie, maybe today isn’t a good day for that.
Bean: Why?
Me: Well it is raining outside.
Bean: Oh. Why is it raining outside?
Me: Well honey I guess God decided we need rain today.
Bean: I hate God.
Me: BEAN! Don’t ever say that. That is terrible.
Bean: Well I do.

So this is turn led me to realize that Bean just did not know who God was. We were never die-hard Christians going to church with him so to Bean, God was just some guy that decided to make it rain when he wanted to ride his 4-wheeler.
The nerve.

So before my child started to sound like the Anti-Christ off to church we went.
I had little hope for Bean since he would have to sit still for an hour. Unless Max and Ruby is on T.V. then the child will sit there with his eyeballs firmly fixed to the screen. (This is a WONDERFUL thing when Mommy is getting ready for work)
So we get to church.
Bean is wide-eyed looking around the worship area. We sit in our pew and Bean is still wide-eyed.
I begin to wonder if his eyes will get stuck in that position.
Then the pastor comes to the pulpit (we are Baptist – just so you know!), and begins the welcome and announcements. Then we sing.
Bean looks perplexed and then hears the word “holy” in the song and proceeds to sing that word over and over again.
Hey singing is singing.
Then we have prayer. Bean looks around at everyone’s head bent over and asks “Mommy what are you doing?”
I gently told him “shhhh”. Ever notice that in those quiet moments that your child’s “whisper” seems SO noisy???
Anyways, we then had offering and the money plate was passed. Bean looked impressed at the dollars inside. Thankfully he didn’t try to swipe one.
Then we had the sermon.
Bean shifted around in his seat quite a bit but for the most part he was VERY good throughout the service.
Bud and I were shocked.

Later, on the way home he said, “Mommy, I love God.”
“Well that is great to hear.” I told him.
“Mommy did you know that God is so cute, and he wears pants and shoes like Daddy.”
“Mmmmm.” I replied.
“Mommy did you know that God is right there (he pointed to our back deck) sitting on the table?”
“Really?” I asked.
“Yes, he is right there and he loves me.”

Makes you wonder if that study that children can see things adults can't is true or not.


Hyphen Mama said...

Yes, yes, yes... children CAN see things we can't. They haven't been programmed that seeing God
(or angels, deceased loved ones) is 'creepy'.

Wynnie spent her first year of preschool at a Lutheran school. We aren't Lutheran, but it was what we could afford. It was great! She learned how to pray, how to sing about Jesus and God. It's great. Now she has a concept of it all without me yammering at her... because we all know that what Mommy says is hogwash, but what the teacher says is absolute truth!

Karen said...

I love that his perspective was changed so quickly. And he's right, you know. God is sitting on the deck, watching over Bean day and night.

Julie said...

So sweet!! I wonder that myself sometimes, when they look extra close at something.

Now that we are all moved, we're considering taking Em to church. She has been a few times with my MIL, so I guess she will do fine.

Bean is just too cute!

Kellan said...

Awwww - I'm glad he decided to love God instead - that's a good boy!!

I DO believe that kids see things we can't see - don't you?

Have a good evening - Kellan

Nicki said...

Sweet! Glad to see that Bean has decided God isn't such a jerk afterall! ;) It is definitely hard to sit quietly through church though. Does your church have kid services at all? A lot of churches I've been to have some sort of Sunday school or religious activity program for kids at the same time as the adult services. We rarely go anymore, but when we do, Little Bear loves the kids' program!

Nap Warden said...

I hate to say, I used to torture my parents in church...Bean sounds like a little angel. Yay for you;)

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

Mine is not wonderful at mass & we've taken him weekly since birth. He is only just now sorta okay with sitting in the church & not running around the sanctuary

Colleen said...

that reminds me that we have not been at church much lately.

But I believe that kids do see things we just don't as adults.

btw, I tagged you for a meme. :)

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