A couple of weeks ago, we were on family vacation. I gave the kids some $$$ to buy a momento of our time at the beach. The two youngest boys bought a tube of plastic toys; Miles a tube of space themed toys and Gabe a tube of plastic planes. With one day left at the beach, of course the new “favorite” toys made it down to the water and sand.
With the tide coming in, I helped the boys make a castle surrounded by a winding moat, designed to fill up by drawing the water further inland, well before the waves were a threat to the castle itself. The kids put various toys in the moat to see them float around once it filled with water. After some time the waves came in closer, washed out the moat and began their assault on the castle. It was then Gabe realized his new little blue plane was MIA. We dug up the now washed out moat in vain, searching for the little blue plane.
After giving up, my wife suggested to a crestfallen little boy that he should pray and ask Jesus to help us find it if that was what would please Him most. If not, we’d be content that some other boy might need the plane more than Gabe, and perhaps would find it washed up somewhere on the beach when God saw fit for it to be uncovered. I walked back to my chair silently praying that God would encourage faith in my six year old by causing the plane to surface; half believing, half doubting.
A half an hour later while under the comfy shade of the umbrella, scanning the beach activity in front of us, I noticed something that appeared to be blue in color about 15 yards in front of us where the castle had previously been. I walked down to the spot and half buried in sand was the little blue plane. I washed it off and triumphantly walked back to my astonished wife with the prayed for toy in hand.
When we celebrated God’s goodness toward Gabe in answering prayer by allowing it to be found, he responded with “What about the other boy? Will he not have one?”
And we thought God was teaching Gabe something through this. I continue to thank God for the lessons of childlike faith that He continues to teach me through the words, lives and faith of our children.