Molly and Jesse’s new hobby is tucking together in the red leather chair, and having a conversation with Siri.
You know Siri?
Possibly the most famous voice in the ethernet? You press the big round button on your iPhone or iPad and ever the prompt personal assistant, she says “What can I help you with?”
When it comes to Molly and Jesse, I think she’s sorry she ever asked.
Molly will say “Siri, we want to go upstairs and read a book but Mum won’t come up right now because she is finishing washing up but we want a story right now and she says we have to go to bed and I think you should go to bed too Siri because it’s getting late and my Mum says everyone should go to bed early if they want to get up happy. And Siri you need to answer my questions and tell me how to do it because I don’t want to go to bed.”
She’s very polite. Siri will answer: “I think I found what you’re looking for. There’s a mattress shop near you at ***** in London.”
And when you get mad at her, she says “Now. Now.”
And if you are still mad, she says “I am doing my best.”
To which Molly will say “Siri, I am getting mad at you because you’re not answering my question. I think you should go to bed and then wake up happy and give me some answers to my questions. And you should ask God to help you because he’s the Lord and he answers questions and you don’t answer my questions.”
Siri is very tolerant. She replies “Humans have religion. I have silicon.”
Molly and Jesse then howl with laughter, even though neither of them have the faintest idea what silicon is. And in the background, trying to keep a low profile, Tim and I have tears of smothered laughter running down our faces too.
These seconds – you know these seconds where you sense every good and perfect gift is right there in front of you? Usually, they are not the seconds where you have won the lottery or gotten the promotion. They are the crazy, unexpected simple moments where love wells.
I love it when Moses asked God if he could see his glory (I am sure Moses meant he wanted to see the spectacular, the powerfully awesome supernatural). But you know what God says? He says “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you…”
I see this goodness of my children laughing, together, and in this second, I really do see the Lord pass in front of me. It makes me praise Him and thank Him.
Jesse finishes the conversation with Siri saying “I love you Siri”. Just to see what she will say. But it’s a very Jesse-experiment.
Philosophically, Siri answers “All you need is love. And your iPad.”
And, I would add, what I need is to not miss those seconds of goodness as they pass in front of me – they are the glory of God.