Last week my wife and I lived at our son's house while he and his wife were away on a trip. House sitting was the easy part; babysitting required a double dose of Wheaties every morning! With grandkids at ages 4 and 2, we had our work cut out for us.
Our grandson, the 2 year old, has a fascination with trains, plains, and automobiles -- not the Martin/Candy movie, but moving vehicles. He could sit by himself and play with his cars all day and be happy as a clam.
With train tracks near their house and visible from the back yard, he would come running to me every time he heard the choo-choo, pointing excitedly and wanting me to take him outside to see it. The same was true each time he heard an airplane in the sky. He would point skyward and exclaim, "Peen, Peen!"
The thing that truly amazed me was when we went to the playground at the park. Swings, monkey bars, slides, teeter-totters, and other fun apparatus were available. However, our grandson was fascinated by the nearby construction workers, dump trucks, front loaders, bulldozers, and cement trucks. I stood with him 10 minutes or more at the edge of the playground watching the construction, and he stood remained nearly motionless and enthralled -- and had little interest in the playground.
Our son was the same way when he was a little boy. He could play with his cars all day long. As far as he was concerned, a boy could never have enough toy cars and trucks. Well, my mom told me that I was the same way, too. In fact, I still remember playing "racetrack" on the large braided oval rug in our dining room.
It seems that most little boys are wired to like cars and trucks. I cannot recall any boys that I have known that did not love vehicle-type toys. Similarly, it seems that most girls are wired to love playing dolls when they are little.
Well, I do not know much about the sociological, biological, psychological, or anthropological ramifications and implications of my observances. I can say with certainty, however, that you and I are "wired" with the innate desire to know our Creator. There is something in every human being that draws, or calls and beckons the attention of humanity to the Divine Initiator of life. Every individual has the choice to either follow that impulse or deny and ignore it; but the instinct is there.
From my personal experience and perspective, that calling is an invitation from the One True Living God to enter into a personal spiritual relationship with Him that leads to eternal life. Ever since He breathed His life into the nostrils of man (Genesis 2:7), humanity has been wired for an encounter with the One who brought him into being. You have felt the impulse; have you made the connection?
Steven Callis is the minister at First Church of the Nazarene in Douglasville.