One of the things I love about working with young people is the unpredictability of it all. A perfectly rational conversation can suddenly take a sharp turn and you end up in some random and amusing place with no real idea of how you got onto the subject!
At our church group the other night we were asking them if there was anything they wanted to pray about this week. A couple of individuals shared their requests, and the group were focused ready to pray when one of the youngest lads (aged about 12) said “Can I say something about school?”
Wanting to give him the opportunity to say his prayer topic, I said “Yeah, go ahead”.
He responded: “My science teacher told us to design a rat that would survive in the future, so I drew one that had a sperm gun on its back so that when it gets chased by predators it can still mate with other rats.”
Needless to say, that was the end of the prayer time as the kids lost concentration and the leaders were creasing up with laughter! You couldn’t make it up!