Life Lessons in the month of July (part 1)

Maddie gets stung This is the face of a truly sad girl.  Maddie and Whitney have been working very hard all summer dog-sitting our neighbor’s dogs.  It really has been hard work, and I am proud of them for sticking with it even when it comes to cleaning up puppy poop.  More than once I have caught them gagging cleaning it up…it’s pretty funny really.

We decided to take them to Michigan City today to let them spend a bit of their money on school clothes.  After about an hour at Limited Too, and after trying on about 10 different things, Maddie decided on one necklace that she really liked.  It was her own money, and she was very proud of it. 

After shopping, we decided to hang out on the beach for a while.  We changed in the public bathroom, trying not to touch or be touched by anything, then went out to hit the waves.  After a few minutes, I remembered Maddie had her necklace on and called her in from the waves.  As she was coming toward me, I realized she didn’t have it on.  I was sure it was floating somewhere in the lake.  When I asked her about it, her face got very sad.  She said she left it on the hook in the bathroom.  Rob took her back to the bathroom to check, and sure enough it was gone.  Drama unfolds….

She came back to our towel with the above scowl on her face.  Not only did she get her necklace stolen, but she got stung by a bee on her ear on the way  back from the bathroom.  Double ouch.

She was done swimming and wanted to go change her clothes.  As we were walking back to the car, I noticed a suspicious man standing next to our car.  He kind of wandered into the parking lot when I walked up to the car.  When we walked over to the bathroom, he walked back to the van.  I stared him down, and he quickly realized I was watching him and walked away again.

I went back to the car, and grabbed all our “valuable” stuff the guy might be interested in and walked back by Rob and the girls. 

As we were walking back, I started to talk to Maddie about the situation.  I said, “You know Maddie, the Bible says that God works all things for the good of those who love Him….even getting your necklace stolen.”  She looked at me kinda funny.  “If it hadn’t been stolen, you would be in the water playing and we wouldn’t have noticed that guy trying to break into our car.  Maybe my purse, credit cards, your purse, and all our new clothes would have been stolen.  Maybe God thought the necklace would be the easiest thing to replace, so He let it happen the way it did.” 

It didn’t make her feel any better, but I think the truth of it sunk in.  

3 thoughts on “Life Lessons in the month of July (part 1)

  1. What an awesome and teachable moment. Thank God you had the vision to see through the drama and into the truth. I’m sure she got it.

  2. Mandy says:

    It’s so true. What a great conversation to have & a great lesson to learn.

  3. caryn says:

    I shared this story with the kids this morning at breakfast – it was a great lead into a great conversation. Thanks for posting it!!

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