Most little kids have a degree of innocence that many adults find refreshing. However, some children are somewhat annoying, frustrating, and always misbehaving.
Of course, not every child is a 'bad seed,' but some follow the wrong path, at least for a little while in their lives.
Here's a story about two young brothers who were known for being 'bad boys.' Apparently, they didn't quite care about their reputation.
A couple had two sons aged eight and 10, who were excessively mischievous.
The boys were always getting into trouble with nearly everyone.
Their parents knew that if any mischief occurred in their neighborhood, their sons were probably involved.
And the parents didn't know what to do about their kid's behaviors.
There was a preacher who had been successful in disciplining misbehaving children in the past in their town.
So, the wife asked the husband if he thought they should send the boys to speak with the preacher.
The husband said:
"We might as well. We need to do something before I really lose my temper!"
The parents decided to contact the clergyman and asked him if he would speak with the boys.
The preacher agreed to do his best but asked to speak with the boys individually.
And the parents sent the eight-year-old son to meet the preacher first.
The preacher, a huge man with a deep booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly:
"Do you know where God is, son?"
The boy made no response. He sat there, wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open.
So the preacher repeated the question. But this time, he raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face.
"WHERE IS GOD?!"
Again, the boy made no attempt to answer.
Instead, he screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home, and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.
His older brother followed him into the closet and asked the younger brother, 'what happened?'
The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied:
"We are in BIG trouble this time! GOD is missing, and they think WE did it!"
It was a simple question, but in this case, it was a bit tongue in cheek, not the serious theological question of where to find God.