A Conversation in the Garden

How to talk to God

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A little girl talks to God about emotions and learning.

A little girl goes for a walk in the garden. As she walks in the garden, sometimes she talks to God.

One day the little girl is walking in the garden and she’s talking to God. She says, “God, can I ask you a question?”

God says, “Sure. I love your questions.”

The little girl says, “God, when you made me, how come you didn’t just give me all the knowledge like the adults already have?”

God smiles. He says. “Oh, my child, I gave you something far more valuable than the knowledge the adults already have.”

And the girl says, “You did?! What’s that?”

God says, “My child, I gave you the ability to learn anything at all ­ including the things the adults haven’t figured out yet.”

The girl brightens and says, “Oh, that’s neat!” She walks on a little ways. After a minute she says, “God, I have another question.”

God says, “I’m listening…”

The little girl says, “God, when you made me, how come you gave me emotions?”

God says, “Oh, that’s the best question anybody’s asked me in a long time.”

The little girl wrinkles her brow and says, “You’re keeping me in suspense. Tell me, God, when you made me, how come you gave me emotions?”

God says, “Think about it, my child. Without emotions, how would you know what it was that you needed to learn or be able to tell when you’d finally learned it?”

The little girl says, “Oh! Maybe this learning business could be fun!”

God smiles. A minute later, the girl says, “God, can I ask you another question?”

God nods his head yes.

The little girl inquires, “Can we meet again tomorrow?”

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