Recently I had the joy of spending an afternoon with a new friend who is a homeschool mother of 5 children. One of the children showed this book to me. Both the mom and another adult friend visiting commented it was one of their favorite books. Not wanting to miss out on the fun of reading it myself I purchased it by Kindle this morning.
It is a delightful story full of examples we can use to impart valuable spiritual truths to our little ones. If you followed my blogs on our website www.tikvahpublishing.com you will find I did a series sharing insights I gained from A.A. Milne, the author of the original Winnie the Pooh stories. I always loved reading Winnie stories to my children. The gentle sprit and love the characters shared with each other were perfect bed time stories. However, as a grandma re-reading those books I found out there were much deeper truths not only for the children but for us as parents. So, I have begun to look a little differently into so called secular books that may have great spiritual lessons.
Sweet little pig finds himself in a possibly very dangerous situation through an error of location. Much to his surprise a hungry fox opens a door at what appears to be the wrong house. However, through a soft voice respectfully asking questions our little friend turns a very scary situation into a very enjoyable and blessed day.
Have you ever found yourself in what is seemingly the wrong place at the wrong time? Or simply been taken unawares about a situation you find yourself in. In hind sight, I have found, sometimes, in what I thought was not the right place or time, God used the situation . He gave me His wisdom on how to handle the situation and blessed me in spite of myself.
The dear little pig used wisdom beyond what one would use if fear came in. The story does not give us any indication Pig turned to God even though he ended up with a pleasant ending. Yet you can use Pig’s story to show your child what God tells us to do if they are afraid. God’s word teaches any time we are afraid we can remember. Psalm 56:  When I am afraid, I will trust in You. (NKJV) Point out God gave us a secret to deal with someone who is angry. Prov. 25:15….soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance. (AMP)
God willing our children will never find themselves in a life-threatening situation. There may, however, be a time our children find themselves in what may seems scary or unpleasant. Remind them that God has a promise in His word that they can count on. Heb.13:5… God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.” (NLT)
Also remind them if they are not sure what to do God tells us in James 1:  If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you.
In the end of the story it is clear the pig has learned some strategy he is planning to apply again. It does cause one to be concerned that he is making unwise plans. That concern is a great talking point for you and your child. Nevertheless, you will find yourself smiling throughout the book. What better way to make lasting childhood memories, than spending time smiling and teaching valuable truths of God’s love and provision through story telling.