Are You a Solid, Liquid, or Gas?

For the Heart and Mind of Your Young Einstein  

One Saturday afternoon Little Albert was helping his mom in the kitchen. “Will you help me make some soup Albert?” asked his mom.
 
“Sure. What do we need to do first?”
 
“Let’s get some water boiling,” suggested Little Albert’s mom.
 
As the water began to boil, Little Albert filled a glass with ice water because he was thirsty. He looked at the ice floating in the water and then looked at the water in the boiling pot. Just then steam began to form and rise up from the water’s surface.
 
Little Albert’s mom returned to the stove as he asked, “What happens when the water changes from solid ice, to liquid water, and then to steam? Why does it look so different?”
 
“Oh, Little Albert, you run along and research that one,” mom requested. “I’ll finish up the soup.”
 
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Little Albert went to his dad’s computer and began researching the different properties of solids, liquids, and gases. He quickly learned it was the amount of heat applied to the water that determined whether it was found in the form of solid ice, liquid water, or steam, but what was really happening to it?
 
He read on and learned that when water is found as solid ice the molecules are so tightly packed together they barely even jiggle. There is very little space between the water molecules and they cannot move or slide past one another. This rigidity makes ice a solid. When ice heats up, the molecules begin to move and can slide past each other. This movement gives liquid water the ability to flow – it is no longer rigid. If the water is heated further, the molecules start moving around really fast and the steam cannot be contained within the pot. It just floats around all over the place.

 
Little Albert started thinking about some of the people he has met.
 
“Hey mom, people are just like the different forms of water.”

“How is that?” Albert’s mom asked.

“Well, some people are really stiff and rigid like ice. They always think they’re right. They believe others who don’t see things exactly the way they do are always wrong. Other people are floating all over the place like steam. They go wherever people tell them and believe whatever people say. They don’t have a home at all. Liquid water assumes the shape of its container. It has a home, but it flows within it.”
 
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“That is a pretty cool way to look at things Little Albert,” said mom. “How do you think God wants us to be?”
 
“I think God wants us to be like liquid water. I believe He wants us to be contained by His truth, but not be rigid about how people should live it out in their own lives.”
 
“Wow, Little Albert, maybe this is why liquid water gives life.”
 
In John 4:14 Jesus says, “…Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

My second children's book,
"The Plain Little Yellow Pencil - Leading by Placing Yourself Below," now available at Tate Publishing.

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