A Picture of God

A Kindergarten teacher observed the children drawing pictures in her classroom. As she walked around the room, one little girl was totally absorbed in her drawing when the teacher asked what she was drawing.

“I’m drawing God!”

“But no one knows what God looks like,” said the teacher.

The girl kept drawing. Without a hitch and without looking up, she replied, “They will in a minute.”

As part of their research, psychologists have asked children to draw pictures of God looking for correspondences between the children see their parents and how they imagine God.

“God the Father” of trinitarian Christian theology was of particular interest. The children’s drawings turn out to be vastly different, depending upon positive or negative experiences with their fathers. Some drew God as kind and loving; others drew God as fearful and violent.

Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, and Ludwig Feuerbach would not be surprised. Each in his own way saw ‘God’ as a human projection, not a Divine reality. Yet there is something about even the most disbelieving of us that is still drawn to try to draw God.

Maybe the little girl in the kindergarten class had heard in church the line that “No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (I John 4:12). Maybe she was drawing Love.

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, Nov. 5, 2015.

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