Six and one equals six, huh? Well, for a two year old who has some maturing to do.
Bemused I sat watching as my toddler put seven pop bottles in a six pack carton. Yes, he put all seven in – but not at the same time. When he filled six spaces, he found another in his hand. He would remove one bottle put in the extra. Still he had one bottle left in hand. I was proud of his determination, patience, and long attention span. I just thought give him more time and maturity.
I don’t know when he understood that you can’t put seven bottles in a six bottle carton. But it happened. Wouldn’t I have been stupid to fault him for making the effort! After all he was MY son, made in image of his daddy and me. Why would he sit continually repeating his failure! Why he didn’t even knew he was failing.
As grown ups, we have figured out that some things are impossible – at least based on the facts as we know them. But some lose patience and give up. Is it possible that one would believe in himself so adamantly that he would just say, “These bottles and carton just don’t exist.” Far-fetched, isn’t it?
Consider the person who sees the wonder of nature before him, but he can’t figure how it all came to be, so he argues there is no God, no Creator, no Intelligent Designer. And he doesn’t even know, he is the one who is not mature enough to understand. Perhaps, God looks on and says give him more time and maturity.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Prov. 3:5)
Grow up, mature, think, study; the solution might resolve itself someday.