Dinner time at the Patterson household is pretty rowdy. It’s usually full of loud children, cups spilling, and forks banging. When Daddy is home for Family Dinner we usually incorporate good Knock Knock Jokes to keep the peace. Yesterday, however, he was NOT home. Abby insisted on telling a story all her own.
Little Pink Riding Hood
By: Abigail Patterson
Abby: Once upon a time, there was a little girl. She was called Little Red Riding Hood, only she didn’t like that. She liked to wear her pink cape and secretly wanted to be called Little Pink Riding Hood. One day her Momma gave her a basket full of goodies to take to Grandma’s house. She skipped, skipped, skipped through the forest. Then, along came a wolf, growled at her, and sent her running to Grandma’s house.
Zach: Hands folded in front of him, eyes closed, moving lips, but nothing coming out…. seems as if he’s praying. Hmm?
Abby: Then, the wolf ran all the way to Grandma’s house… He beat her there, Mom. In a sweet Pink Riding Hood voice he said, “Oh Grandma! I’ve got a basket full of goodiesss!” Grandma uses her sweet Grandma voice, “Come in, Little Red Riding Hood!” The wolf growls at her and she runs away! He puts on her grandma clothes and gets under the covers.
Zach: Hands folded tighter in front of him, eyes closed, moving his lips, but nothing coming out… loud sighs… definitely praying. Hmm?
Abby: Little Pink Riding Hood gets to Grandma’s House and knocks. The wolf says in a sweet Grandma voice, “Come in Little Red Riding Hood.” “Not till you call me Little PINK Riding Hood, Grandma!” “Ok, come in Little Pink Riding Hood.”
Zach: Hands folded even tighter in front of him, eyes closed tight, moving his lips, but no sound… says.. Amen.
Mom: Hold on Abby, pause the story. Zach, why were you praying in the middle of Abby’s story?
Zach: Mom, I don’t want to hear that stupid story. So I prayed that God would make her shut up.
Mom: *Gasps* ZACH! That is NOT nice at all and we don’t say stupid. Listen to her story or go to your room without dinner.
Zach: *Big Sigh*
Abby: Little Pink Riding Hood goes in the house and finds the wolf! Then! Then! Then! Then!!!! They have Pink Lemonade together and Grandma comes home with banana’s for everyone. Then they lived happily ever after. The end!
Zach: *Big Laugh* Mom, I’m glad I listened… that was funny!!
My kids are a hoot, but it got my Momma heart going a little when I thought about Zach’s prayers. He was praying HARD! He really did NOT want to hear this story (or maybe he just didn’t want to hear his sister’s voice). God never answered that prayer OBVIOUSLY because He wanted Zach to hear the humor, appreciate his sister’s creativity, and enjoy family time at the dinner table.
I get discouraged quite a bit when my prayers seem to go unanswered, don’t you? It seems I pray, pray, pray and nothing. I say Amen and the situation still looms, but isn’t He an all powerful God? Isn’t he a miracle worker? Isn’t he the Way, the Truth, and the Light? My prayers aren’t answered maybe because there is humor I’m not hearing, or my appreciation for my blessings has diminished, or maybe because with the Family Time God does give me I just complain… the kids are yelling, the kids are fighting, the kids are being disobedient. There is a reason for the unanswered prayers and all I need to do is trust He will take care of me and maybe I need to let a few laughs out when I see the pile of dishes at the end of dinner time.
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