Just today Isabelle and I were driving down the road and the road workers were tearing up the road. “What a mess!” I said to her. Without skipping a beat Belle said to me, “I think God told them to do that so they can make our world more beautiful.”
Dumbfounded by her wisdom, I replied, “You are right Belle. We are so fortunate to live in a place that has clean streets. Some of the streets in India weren’t so clean, were they?
B: Nope. But some were. What if we had cows here like they do in India?
Me: That would sure be funny, wouldn’t it? Remember how the cows walked around in the roads in India?
B: That was very funny. Why did the people let the cows do that?
Me: Because they respect the cows very much, and some people even think they are God.
B: Does Prema think cows are God?
Me: Nope. She and Raj tell all the people that Jesus is God, and the cows aren’t. That’s why we went to India, because so many people don’t know about Jesus yet.
B: Yep. When we went to India it wasn’t our vacation. We were doing an important job. It wasn’t a vacation, was it Mom?
B: It wasn’t peace and quiet. We go to Florida when our family needs peace and quiet. We went to India to help the people. It wasn’t for us.
I love that Belle caught on to this perspective at age 5. I hope she remembers that “It’s not about us” for a long time to come