In a way, this is a first guest post by my son, Isaac. Every year at his school, the 5th grade students are assigned a 1st grade buddy. At the end of the year, the 5th graders get to write and publish a story for their buddy. Isaac wrote the story below, and I asked him if I could share it here (I’ll tell you a little more at the end).
Once upon a time, there was a monkey named Zach. He lived in a hut in the jungle. One of his best friends was named Isaac. They were always working together. One day, there was a race for tree swinging. When Zach didn’t enter, Isaac knew he had to do something.
When Isaac found out Zach was afraid of heights, he requested to Zach that he should go to the King of the Jungle. So, Zach took a hike to the King. The King sent Zach on a quest! Zach has always loved quests. The King gave Zach a map and sent him on his way.
First, Zach came to a long, old, creaky bridge. Well, Zach was afraid of heights, so he decided to swim the river of bananas and soccer balls. While we was swimming, he decided to eat a few bananas and kick a few soccer balls. Zach finally got to the other side.
Next, Zach came up to two big doors. He tried to open them, but of course, they were locked. So, Zach had to go all the way across the river of bananas and soccer balls to retrieve the keys from the King. Again, Zach had to go all the way back across the river and he got the big doors. The keys worked!
Then, Zach came upon a pond of crayons. There was a tree swing over it, but Zach was afraid of heights. So, Zach swam through. When Zach was in the middle, pieces of paper fell down from the sky. When Zach looked on them, they were mystery pictures! Zach decided to stop and do some mystery pictures. After a while, Zach got to the other side.
Finally, Zach got to a cave. When Zach looked real closely, he could see that the cave was made of ice cream! He could even smell it. Zach rushed inside and started eating away. After an hour, Zach noticed a light and made a wish. Suddenly, Zach had this feeling and started to climb a tree.
Zach was amazed. His fear is over with. Zach started to go home, so he swung across the pond of crayons, through the door and across the bridge over the river of bananas and soccer balls. Then, Zach told his whole family about his experience. Zach finally lived happily ever after.
I think my son has an incredible imagination, and I look forward to seeing where it takes him. Isaac’s story hits home for us as Isaac deals with a couple of fairly significant fears himself. Without going into detail, Isaac occasionally misses out on some fun activities, because he is too afraid. I think we both wish it was an easy fix, but the reality shows that it’s not that simple. I think Isaac’s story about going to the King for help is appropriate. We often look for easy, quick fixes, and we sometimes think it’s as simple as just getting over it. But many times, we need to bring our fears and worries to the King of kings.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
Isaac thanks for sharing your story with me and with my readers. May God continue to help you through this journey. I love you!