Last week I took my daughter Hailey to Vacation Bible School at our church. She was super excited to go to "church vacation" with Mommy every day. This was for ages four through fifth grade, so my girl and her group were some of the youngest there. Every day in the general assembly, people would throw out little stuffed animals or toys related to the theme of the week, which was the Boomerang Express, Australian Outback. The first day they threw out stuffed animals, and as we were walking down the hallway later, a little boy told me, "I have a platypus in my pants!" There's a whole new kind of problem to have. But I digress . . .
My group of five year olds would get truly upset every day when they just were not able to catch these toys being thrown out to the crowd. I tried to explain that it's a game of chance and your odds are just not that high, but they weren't buying it. I watched Hailey's eyes fill with tears each day as she stretched her arms up as high as they would go, and then bring them back empty handed.
Finally, on Thursday, I told her to tell Miss Diane (the director) how sad she was. I was failing miserably at comforting her, and quite honestly, was getting tired of hearing about it. Somehow I knew Miss Diane would have just the answer for her. And she did not disappoint. She told Hailey that on Friday morning, she would be allowed to hold one of the offering buckets for all the kids to put their money in. And that did it. Hailey walked away with a spring in her step and a smile on her face. Miss Diane fixes everything.
Friday morning Hailey woke me up way too early, telling me nose to nose that she was "so excited to get to hold the bucket at church vacation today." She proceeded to say, "And Mommy, I been thinking, and those kids bring lots of money. So Mommy, I going to be able to buy all the animals I want." I immediately woke fully to say "Oh no, honey, it's not your money in the bucket!" She drew back, gave me a look, and said "WHAT??" I explained the money belonged to the church, she was just going to hold the bucket and collect the money. "So I don't get to have that money to buy me an animal?"
She still held the bucket, and I'm still giggling over it, in case you're wondering. And I'm pretty sure she still thinks Jesus is holding out on some animals for her that she should have gotten with His money.