A little boy and I read every week and this week one of the books we read was Jon J Muth's The Three Questions, which is based on something by Leo Tolstoy.
The little boy in the book, Nikoli, asks, "When is the most important time?" "Who is the most important person?" "What is the right thing to do."
Leo, the wise old turtle tells him:"The most important time is now. The most important person is the one you are with. The right thing to do is to help the one you are with."
When we finished reading we were looking at the end-papers. (We are both very fond of attractive end papers and the ones in this book are lovely.) I was repeating the answers more for myself than for the boy and admiring the Zen-like quality of the story.
Then he said, "God is with us all the time and He tells us what to do."
This six-year-old was reading the story a level or two more deeply than I was. He found there what Tolstoy was saying between the lines: These answers are from God. He is there now and always and He will tell you the right thing to do. If you listen.
The child was listening.