When one tells a story to children, the children listen intently as they become captivated and drawn into the story. The storyteller speaks slowly and dramatically, providing great details, painting beautiful pictures, and the listeners' attention is fastened.
The story flows from the storyteller to the children. The children lack any power to draw the story out of the storyteller. The story cannot be forced or sped up in its telling. It must be received in the story's proper timing and telling. The story itself is gift.
As the story is told, the children anticipate. With each new revelation of the story the children are drawn further in. And as they are drawn further into the story so too are they more and more able to guess what may be around the next corner of the story.
How does this happen? Imagination - a function of human existence that is greatly under-appreciated and underused except in the case of children. "Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Mt. 18:3)