It’s been a while – busy, busy, busy – but this week’s DP Challenge was a conversation starter and I really wanted to give it a go. There’s still time if you’re quick to have a go yourself – click here to find out what it’s all about.
“Daddy, answer your phone.”
I picked up the television remote that Lucy had pointed to and put it to my ear.
“Hello?” I said.
“Hello,” said Lucy.
I gave Lucy a quizzical smile but her eyes remained serious and her mouth stern.
“Hello, Jesus,” I said, “How’s God?”
“Fine,” said Lucy in to the banana she held to the side of her head.
“What are you doing?”
“Nothing? I thought you’d be very busy?”
“Yes, but I is not busy yet.”
Like most telephone conversations there was an awkward pause.
I took the time to wonder why my daughter was pretending to be Jesus on the phone. We’re not a religious family but the local church has a good Wednesday morning playgroup that welcomes anyone looking to entertain their young children and drink milky coffee. May be the sudden interest in being The Saviour had come from there?
Meanwhile Lucy was probably wondering why her father wasn’t taking the opportunity to ask the Messiah some very important questions. It is only ever after an important conversation with people in authority that you think of good questions to ask. I’d be kicking myself later for failing to ask Him about the meaning of life and what’s the appendix all about.
I tried to think of a suitable question just in case the Son of God had decided to speak to me through my three-year-old child but I could only come up with, “What’s God doing?”
“He’s…” Lucy looked around the room for inspiration. “Watching Bob the Builder.”
“Does he like Bob the Builder?”
“I’ve got to go now,” said Lucy and threw her banana phone down among the clutter on our coffee table.
Lucy marched brusquely out of the room and I was left holding the remote tightly to my ear.
“Hello? Hello? Jesus, are you still there? Can I ring you later and ask a better question?”