Angie and Grandpa go to China — What’s the Best Thing That Can Happen?
One day Angie Hovind was slowly riding her bike down the street toward Grandpa’s house. She was looking pretty sad. Grandpa called out, “Hey Angie! Come on up on the porch and sit with me for a minute.”
She parked her bike and slowly walked over and sat on Grandpa’s lap. He gave her a b-i-i-i-i-i-g hug but he could tell she was pretty sad. “What’s the problem, girl?”
Angie’s lower lip stuck out just a little and she stared at the ground. “Some of the girls at school laughed at me today. They said they wouldn’t be my friend anymore or play with me.”
“Hmmmmmm,” said Grandpa as he held her tight and brushed her hair. “What caused all that?”
“Oh, they were saying bad words and talking about bad stuff and I just started to quietly walk a way like my dad told me to do when that happens. I didn’t say anything but they knew I was leaving because I didn’t want to hear all that bad stuff. That’s when Carmon said, ‘What’s the matter Angie? Are you too good to stay here and be our friend? You think that just because your daddy is a preacher you are too good for us don’t you.’ And then they all started laughing. I just kept walking and didn’t say anything but it hurt me, Grandpa. They were my friends.”
“Hmmmm,” said Grandpa. “So, they laughed at you because you did the right thing and walked away when they were talking bad and it made you sad. Is that it?”
“Yes, I was just trying to do what Jesus would want me to do, Grandpa. He wouldn’t want me to listen to that stuff and He would be really sad if I talked like that.”
“Well,” said Grandpa as he scratched his chin, “you probably don’t know it granddaughter, but their laughing at you is wonderful! It’s a-l-l-l-m-o-s-t the best thing that can happen to you.”
“It is?” Angie questioned as she looked at Grandpa with her head cocked over to one side. “I don’t understand, Grandpa. They hurt my feelings. How can that be good?”
“I think Lu Chi could explain it to you better than me,” nodded Grandpa. How about you and I take a trip with the magic globe and talk to her?”
“I love to go on trips with the magic globe but who is Lu Chi?” asked Angie.
“She’s a girl your age who lives in China. You’ve never been to China have you, Angie?”
“No, but I’d love to go!” exclaimed Angie as she hugged Grandpa.
Grandpa called her mom to be sure it was OK and then they walked into the Science Center to the magic globe. Grandpa got out the tiny key and Angie put it in at the South Pole turning it a quarter turn till the globe began to h-u-m-m-m-m quietly.
“Do you know where China is?” asked Grandpa.
“I sure do!” shouted Angie as she turned the globe. “It’s w-a-a-a-a-a-y across the Pacific Ocean. It’s this b-i-i-i-i-i-g country.”
“Very good!” smiled Grandpa. “Hold my hand tight; touch China; and let’s go.”
To be continued…