Jimmy was lying on a knoll in the middle of a meadow on a warm spring day staring up at the puffy white clouds as they rolled by, leading him to consider the big questions we all face:
What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist? Is there intelligence beyond the stars? What is the nature of God?
“God? Are you really there?” Jimmy said out loud.
To his astonishment a voice came from the clouds. “Yes, Jimmy? What can I do for you?”
Startled by the response but unwilling to let such an opportunity pass, Jimmy asked, “God. You exist in all places and across time. What is a million years like to you?”
Knowing that Jimmy could not understand the concept of infinity, God responded in a manner to which Jimmy could relate. “A million years to me, Jimmy, is like a minute to you.”
“Oh,” said Jimmy, considering the thought for a moment. “Well, then, what’s a million dollars like to you?”
God replied again, “A million dollars to me, Jimmy, is like a penny.”
“Wow!” remarked Jimmy, getting an idea. “God, you’re so generous, can I have one of your pennies?”
God answered, “Sure thing, Jimmy! Just give me a minute.”
~ Author unknown
The concepts of infinite and forever are simply too immense for us to wrap our brains around — at any age.
As a child, first beginning to grasp the expansiveness of the Universe, the image that came to my young mind was somewhere “out there” would be a boarded-up wall, much like one would see on an abandoned building, which marked the end of Space. That lead to the next question, “What’s on the other side?” All I could imaging was another wall, and another, and another…