by Linda Weddle
Dad, Were There Kittens on the Ark?
Why did Noah build the ark? Were there camels on the ark? Snakes? Gophers? Hamsters? How about hippos? Hunh? Were there hippos on the ark? Lions? Llamas? Lambs? Hunh? Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadddddddddddddddd! Were there? How about kittens? Were there kittens on the ark?
If you have a young child, question marathons like this probably aren’t all that unusual.
Because young children have a great curiosity about life …
…they like to ask questions.
And they like us to answer.
One of the first truths we teach our kids is to respect God for who He is. We teach them that He is our creator, our Heavenly Father, the true God who loves us very much. We want our children to develop a sense of awe and reverence toward Him.
As our children mature from preschoolers into early elementary, they begin to ask questions … because they want to know everything about everything. They want the details.
Our goal is to give them the right kind of answers to those questions so that they can absorb knowledge – the basis for wisdom – the basis for the right kind of WISDOM.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)
One way kids get that knowledge is by asking adults questions.
And that gives us as parents (and leaders and teachers) great opportunity to satisfy that quest by feeding them knowledge about things that count – such as God and His Word.
Unfortunately a lot of “teaching” today focuses on touchy-feely fluff rather than true facts. We talk about application, but we can’t have application without something to apply.
Kids need the truth. If they don’t have knowledge of the facts, we can’t expect them to mature into people of wisdom and understanding. True wisdom is based on knowledge – true knowledge is based on the facts.
Think about this. God created kids to be natural question askers. If some kids didn’t bug the adults in their life with questions, those adults would never take the time to teach them (the kids) anything.
Instead of being annoyed with kids and their questions, we should thank the Lord that our kids are inquisitive.
Then we need to answer those questions with gentleness and patience.
This is how they learn.
This is how we teach them.
God made children to be question askers.
God made parents to be question answerers.