A few months ago, I was walking through the woods with my two sons. We are lucky to have some nice trails around our house to venture into at will. We had been walking for several minutes in silence, a sure sign of their engagement in this activity, when my youngest looked up and asked me:
"How does God hold everyone?"
Whew. What a big question for a four year old. Even for me, a thirty-four year old, I struggled to think of an answer. I marveled at his introspection and quickly thanked God for leading us down this literal and cognitive path.
What I loved about his question is that it indicated he had no doubt that God, in fact, holds everyone. He was just pondering on how he accomplishes it.
"I don't know." I told him simply. "But isn't it wonderful that He does?"
He concurred and we moved on, until this morning.
Right before I dropped him off at school, he asked me, "Do you know how God holds everyone?"
This time, I could tell it was not a curious inquiry, but a pop quiz. He must have come up with some type of understanding on his own. "I don't know. How does he?"
"He is so fast. He is faster than anything. He holds me and he holds you and it's so fast, he holds everyone."
WHEW. What a beautiful idea, that God moves in such a supernatural speed, we do not even perceive a moment he is not holding us. I believe this must be how God can be working on the whole universe, all at once, with us and around us, while our individual lives just seem to unfold effortlessly.
I don't know how God does it, but the fact that this thought process came full circle for my child confirms that He does. He plants a seed and He continues His good work until it's done. I love to think of how this one, little tendril of understanding will grow within my son's heart, as God nurtures it along through the various phases of his life.
Most importantly, I thank God that my son feels held. Because I know there will be moments of loneliness, isolation, torment, and suffering that he will eventually one day have to endure. We all do, in ways, as a product of life. We all struggle with our own self worth and purpose and how we fit into the social dynamics in which we grow up. But if we can remember that God holds it all, we can keep it in perspective.
As a parent, you can help cultivate this connection by:
I have two young sons, ages six and four. From pregnancy and beyond, they have been mirroring back to me more than I ever could have dreamed of learning about myself and my own growth. As we grow together through this life, I hope to always mirror back to them the same inspiration, strength, and wonder they have shown me.