Elijah is confused. He thinks night is day and day is night. Which is very inconsiderate of his mother.
What’s night, Grandpa?
Well, night is when it gets dark. It’s when the sun goes to sleep.
I like to sleep in the light. It makes me feel safe. Mom’s happier in the light.
No, she’s not. She’s really not. You need to be more considerate.
Uh uh! Mom’s afraid of the dark!
No, Elijah, she likes the dark. She just wants to sleep all the way through the night.
But what about me? I get hungry in the night! I need Mom.
I know you do. And she needs you. She trying to teach you something important.
Well, like “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” When you don’t sleep at night, you’re not treating Mom the way you want to be treated.
Grandpa, I just get hungry a lot. Mom loves me as she loves herself . . . . Doesn’t she?
She does, Elijah. She does! But she needs your help. Mom needs her sleep. She just needs you to get into a biblical rhythm, like it says in the Bible. “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”
Wow! God can talk?!
Yes. And right now Grandpa is God talking. If you want Mom to treat you the way you want be treated, you need to sleep through the night. Otherwise you won’t get fed. There will be a formless void and darkness all the time!
- Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, June 21, 2017.