A few years ago my husband and I took our youngest granddaughter for a walk by the Mississippi River. She loved watching the boats go by and feeding the ducks. As we finished our walk and headed to the car, she realized that we were very close to the John Deere Pavilion. She loves going there to see all the big tractors and combines and to play “farmer.” So, holding on to my hand she looked up at me and asked, “Can we go see the tractors?”
Not being sure of what my husband’s plans were for the afternoon, I told her she would have to ask Poppa. She quickly let go of my hand and hurried her steps to walk beside him. “Poppa, can we go see the tractors?”
Not expecting that request (he was surprised that she recognized we were close to the John Deere Pavilion since she was only three years old and had never gone there from the river road), he hesitated only a few seconds before he was ready to answer. But it was not fast enough for her. Looking at him impatiently, she said
Say yes or say no!
After we stopped laughing, her Poppa said, “Of course, we can go see the tractors.” I mean, whatever granddaughter wants, Poppa does.
Thinking on that today as I listened to the news (if you can call what is on the news channels as news), I thought how great it would be if our government officials would actually follow that rule. If our news media would just say the facts as they are. And maybe if we would be more honest with one another.
As Jesus said
All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.