Thursday afternoon, the kids were with me as I was checking people in for their church directory photo sitting. They were both playing and reading in the waiting room where folks would sit and wait for their turn to be called. I hear her telling a mesmerizing tail of Megalodon…the giant (never seen) shark that was the subject of a hunt on the most recent Discovery Channel installation of Shark Week. “…and then Meg-a-don ate the whale in half!” she said with exuberance.
The part I absolutely love the most is my son’s reaction to the whole thing. At various times, he shouts out “Hellllooooo! The earth isn’t billions of years ooooold!” or “Mom, these scientists are so stupid.”. While that is a word I discourage him from using…I have to admit it was appropriate for the moment. As we were discussing the show I asked him to think about a few things related to this “scientific mock-umentary”…what evidence do they have? There was a sunken boat and no people, some old pictures that may have shown a shark fin in the water, and a tooth that washed up on the shore decades earlier. They said that there were fossilized remains found at one point…and then came the belly roll for me. They said that when animals are thought to be extinct but then make a reappearance they are called “Lazarus Taxon”. Yes, they are saying that this shark rose from the dead. Oh my. Now they’ve lost me. So my son and I had a positively hysterical discussion on how scientists think they know everything…based on nothing…and when they find out they didn’t know everything then that creature must have risen from the dead. ha ha Even funnier in this situation is the evidence that they chose to ignore. There have been numerous occasions when whales have come out of the water and landed on boats…smashing them into pieces and sinking them with one mighty belly flop. This particular boat was in a harbor where whales were prevalent. While the chances of that were documented and highly probable…these people decided to chase a ghost and believe something completely different. What a hoot.
Later in the car, he said, “Mom, I just don’t understand how people think everything is here by an accidental explosion.”. Then he proceeded to talk about the clouds we were seeing on our drive. I wish I had this on a recording so I could play it back for you because it was positively awesome. It went something like this…
If we were any closer to the sun we would burn in to flames. If we were farther from the sun we would freeze to death. The clouds, rain, sun, water in the atmosphere, oceans and everything work together perfectly. There are animals that haven’t even discovered yet. How can they talk so much about a shark that has never been seen and say that it bit a boat in half?
Oh, how I love my son! Now he’s thinking. The Bible is IT. That’s all. People can theorize all they want, but the answers are already in the Bible. By faith…that is all I need.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
This year, we are blessed to have the opportunity to move him into a Christian school where he will receive a good, solid Christian education. While we will have a team of teachers in our corner to help us raise this child up- it is these practical lessons that happen in our home that I will enjoy having for years and years and years. It looks like we are off to a good start.
6 Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.