One of my favorite church jokes is the one about the Sunday School teacher who was teaching a lesson about being prepared and working diligently. She wanted to use squirrels as an example of prepared workers. She started the lesson by saying, “I’m going to describe something, and I want you to raise your hand when you know what it is.” The children were excited to show her what they knew and leaned forward eagerly.
“I’m thinking of something that lives in trees (pause) and eats nuts (pause)…” No hands went up. “It can be gray or brown (pause) and it has a long bushy tail (pause)…” The children looked around the room at each other, but still no one raised a hand. “It chatters (pause) and somtimes it flips its tail when it’s excited (pause)…”
Finally one little boy shyly raised his hand. The teacher breathed a sigh of relief and said, “Okay, Michael. What do you think it is?”
“Well,” said the boy, “it sure sounds like a squirrel, but I guess the answer’s supposed to be Jesus.”
The Littles (my kids) reminded me of that joke today. Why? Because I’ve noticed a trend in our conversations of late. Listen in on this one:
Princess Diva: I love you, Mom.
Me: I love you, too.
Princess: I don’t love anyone more than you.
Except for Jesus.
Or how about this one:
Baby Boy: Can you jump higher than that plant?
Baby Boy: Can you jump higher than that pile of leaves?
Baby Boy: Can you jump higher than that tree?
Firstborn: No one can.
Baby Boy: Jesus can.
Last night we were wondering which took longer to grow, a seed into a plant or a grown up tooth into your mouth.
Princess Diva: It might be as long as a flower but not as long as a tree. It takes a really long time for a tree to grow.
Baby Boy: Unless Jesus grew it. He could grow it automatically.
Princess Diva: I know what automatically means. It means you snap your fingers, and then TA DA, it happens!
Now I have to stifle a laugh every time they answer Jesus as the superlative answer because they do it so many times a day it’s a little bit funny. It’s also reassuring as a mom to know that they truly believe that Jesus is the best answer to every question that they have. I never want their knowledge of Who Jesus is to become trite or too familiar, but I do always want Jesus to be the first place they turn when they need an answer to a question. They remind me that He needs to be my first and best answer, too.