Here's what happened: I rarely wear shoes while inside the house; I do, however, usually wear an apron when I cook so I don't ruin my clothes. I was busily canning applesauce when my 18-year-old granddaughter came running in the front door.
"Grandma, come out here."
"I can't. I'm canning applesauce."
"Seriously. You have to come right now. I need your help."
So, out the door I went; apron on but no shoes, thinking this was some kind of emergency. She stopped by the side of her boyfriend's car (parked at the curb a little way from the house, not in the driveway) and motioned me over.
"Okay, Grandma, now explain the Triune God to him."
Are you rolling on the floor yet?
There are so many things wrong with this scenario, and so many things right.
I started with the fact that no one really understands the concept of three Godheads in one, but that the three persons of the Trinity are one God, not three. I actually did a little better job of it than that. I used the concept of the 3 rings and several others I used to use in teaching children. He said he knew God the Father was God, but he thought Jesus was His son, but not really God.
Picture this: Luke is out of his car, leaning on the roof from the driver's side, I am standing on the curb, leaning on the car roof from the passenger side and we are discussing God, all the while, my granddaughter is telling him, "See? I told you so."
In case you think I am a pious, zealous 'sharer of the faith'...you are wrong. There was a time, many years ago, when the church I attended was delivering new testaments to every home in a certain area. We were sent out in twos. I dreaded it so much that before approaching every house, I prayed no one would be home to answer the door.
There was more to the discussion with Luke, but my point is this: many times we think we have to be 'prepared' or look a certain way or think long and hard before we discuss our faith with someone or answer their questions. Obviously, that isn't true. You can talk about your faith when you are barefoot, wearing an apron and leaning on the roof of a car.