A Child's Eternal Perspective

Monday, March 28, 2011 Aimee Larsen 5 Comments

About a week ago my little Evan, my middle boy of just 5 years old, asked me where he was before he was born.  I answered him simply that he was inside of me and he said, "NO, before I was in you, were was I?"

Talk about an eternal perspective.

My answer was simply, "You were in Heaven with God."  I mean, what do you tell a child?  How do you answer a question like that when you aren't even sure if you have the answer yourself.   Here is what I do know and be aware that as I looked up these verses, I was brought to tears because there is more to this story.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;" Jeremiah 1:5
 "Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them."  Psalms 139:16
If that doesn't make a person feel like he or she has a greater purpose in life, then I don't know what would.  How special we truly are to God before we are even conceived here on Earth. 

And here is the rest and the best of the story...

For a few days after that simple conversation with my son, he would ask other questions that related to seeds and plants.  He was trying to reason life in his own mind.  One afternoon, I went next door to my neighbors house because he loves our neighbor.  She is so good to my kids and Evan loves talking her.  So, that afternoon when I went to get him while he was talking to her and helping her in the garden, she immediately started telling me about their latest conversation.  Here is what he told her.

Before I was born in my Momma, Momma was my sister in Heaven.  Momma and Me were in Heaven together and she was my sister.

Wow.  He floored both of us.  I love my neighbor, did I say that already.  I'm so lucky to have such a great lady for a neighbor.   She was so happy to share with me the story Evan had told her and I looked at her and said..."Wow, that kid!  He really gets it in such a simple way that it seems so hard for us to understand sometimes, but he gets it."  

I'm journaling this one for me too, just like the last post but at the same time it is a revelation that is worth sharing.  It all goes back to understanding that we are ALL children of God, God has no Grandchildren.  You my dear reader are my sister or my brother in Christ.  

Sometimes, it only takes a child to put things in perspective.


  1. Evan has it correct. In the eternal perspective, we are all God's children, brothers and sisters, and should treat each other as such. How wonderful that he understands this concept at such an early age. Isn't it excitingl to see these beautiful concepts illuminate our children?

  2. This is random and has nothing to do with your post, but I have a feeling that I'm local to you by the looks of Evan's uniform. I love finding other local bloggers and would love to host a get-together sometime!

  3. I love how kids just "get" God.

  4. I love how children just understand things so simply that we as adults sometimes forget. Here is a little link to some of the things that I believe about our lives before we came here that I teach my daughter. One of our favorite songs that we sing at night before we go to bed is, "I Am A Child of God." Thanks for always sharing such faith promoting values on your site! :)


  5. We "adults" love to complicate everything....but all it takes is childlike faith. What an amazing God we serve. Thank you so much for sharing this today!


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