“Are we in the End Times?” Sprite asked.
I was not really surprised that she asked the question.
Gifted Children tend to think about the big life and death questions. Unless we manage to shield them completely from all forms of media and news coverage, they will know what is happening in the world and they will be concerned.
Combine that with their enhanced capacity for combining facts from a number of various sources and synthesising them and drawing conclusions and inferences and also their heightened emotional sensitivity and intensity.
I had prepared myself to be asked that question by the children in my Church Sunday School group yesterday. We usually spend a few minutes at the start of each session talking about and praying for any concerns the children have. Sometimes they ask for prayer for sick family members or discuss their concern about things they have heard on the news. But when asked about their week yesterday, all the children talked happily about school and family events and so we carried on with the regular lesson.
But it was a topic of conversation amongst the adults.
We read in the Bible
Matt 24:6-8 (King James Version)
6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places.
8All these are the beginning of sorrows.
This sounds like a vivid description of recent events in our world.
But some people say there have been many other times in history when this would have been true. Some of the early Christians in the book of Acts believed they were living in the End Days and were not working because of that belief.
We are told in Matthew 24:36 (king James Version)
36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only
So we are instructed to be ready for Jesus’ return at all times like the 5 wise virgins of Matt. 24:1-13 who had oil ready for their lamps.
And that is what I would have told the children if they had asked and also that we have the promise from Jesus in Hebrews 13: 5 that He will not leave us or forsake us.