What Does God Look Like?

Kids from ages 4 to 12 share their ideas about the Big Man Upstairs in an illuminating new book.

Posted in , Oct 27, 2015

What does God look like? Some kids offer their ideas in an illuminating new book.

I came across an article the other day about a new book, OMG! How Children See God by Monica Parker.

In the book, Monica queried hundreds of kids, ages 4 to 12, about the Big Man Upstairs. Questions on everything from God’s special abilities to his appearance. The responses are funny, of course, but also illuminating. See a sample of the drawings in the slideshow below.

“God is like a Transformer,” says 7-year-old Shane. “He can turn himself into anything he wants.”

“God doesn’t sleep because he watches over us all the time,” says 9-year-old Kelly. 

And, one of my personal favorites, from 9-year-old Gabby: “God has giant ears so he can hear everything we are saying.”

The article got me wondering about my own view of God. As a kid, I probably pictured Him with a long white beard made of fluffy white clouds! Now that I’m older, He’s lost the cloud beard. And when I talk to Him, I imagine His presence, not so much an actual person.

What about you? How has your view of God changed from when you were a kid?

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