theology from a 4 year old

Tuesday night before bed I heard Eliza singing a song that I didn’t recognize.  The lyrics were, “I change and grow, I’m a part of nature too.”  Nothing too earth-shattering.  I asked her where she learned it and she said from Sid the Science Kid (a pbs show).  Here’s our conversation.

Me, “So, do you change and grow, Eliza?”

Eliza, “Yep.”

Me, “Does God change and grow?”

Eliza, “Nope.”

Me (pleased), “That’s right-God never changes and doesn’t grow, because He’s perfect already.”

Eliza, “Well…actually, I thought of a way He does change.”

Me, “Really?  How’s that?”

Eliza, “He changed when He became a man and came to Earth.”

Me, “Ummm, well, I guess that’s right.  He did change to become a man.”

You can count on a 4 year old to bring a fresh perspective!  This little conversation got me thinking about God’s unchanging character.  Of all the attributes of God, unchangeable has got to be the most comforting to me.  And the Scripture says, “Be imitators of God..” however, this is one area that, when trying to imitate God, we end up changing.  

Being like God, even in the smallest way, requires constant changing and growing from us (change wrought by God, thankfully).  This is why I will never, in this life, be unchangeable.  Only God can say, “I AM who I AM.”  

To the contrary, I am who I ought not be.  I ought to be perfectly sanctified, a holy child of God.  

There is one way I do reflect God in being unchangeable, however.  My status as his child doesn’t change.  I am His daughter.  That will never change, not because of who I am on my own, but because he has called me by name, I am His.  His unchangeable character gives me an unchangeable status.

The Word of God is true and right to tell us to be imitators of God, even His unchangeable character.  We are to be the kind of people who have a character so holy, loving, just, compassionate, and truthful that we need not change.  Of course, we will not arrive…just like we won’t fully arrive at any of God’s attributes.  But it’s right for us, with God’s help and strength, to try.

Feel free to relay any cute conversations you’ve had recently with your budding theologians!  Other comments also welcome.