As I munched on a crisp, juicy apple someone asked me, "What is worse than finding a worm in your apple?" Since I had heard the question before, I obviously knew the answer, but it still caused me to take a good look at the piece of fruit I was eating to make sure there was not an uninvited guest inside. If you do not already know the answer to the question above, let me enlighten you: what is worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding half a worm. Yuck! It is never fun to find a worm inside anything I am eating. Like corn on the cob - those green, ugly looking things that you find as you are husking the corn, that leave big, black spots on an otherwise perfectly good ear of corn. Or the strange green caterpillar things that hide in the broccoli stalks of homegrown broccoli. Even when I blanched it, the worms still clung stubbornly to the inside of the stems. Nothing like ruining the appetite for fresh broccoli after that!
I have often wondered about worms and always assumed that they came up from the ground when it rained because either they enjoyed the rain and liked to frolic in the water, or that their tunnels were flooded from the downpour and they needed to get up so they would not drown. We were watching a kid's show the other day about worms and interestingly enough, we learned that the reason worms came up was not for either of the two reason I originally thought, but, get this, because they simply enjoy coming up whenever they can. Since the sun (which would normally cook them) is not out during a rainy day they can come out and enjoy being out of the dirt. It is as simple as that. For no other reason than because they can. That is where I began to wonder if worms frolic and play when they come up from the ground. It is a strange question, but one that I had to take some time to ponder. As if I do not have enough to think about these days...sometimes a tired brain goes down little rabbit trails in the process of getting through the day. :)
Dealing with six 4 and 5 year olds every day brings up some odd questions and comments. There is one little girl who never ceases to amaze me with her comments. She makes me laugh and always surprises me. Today we had a quick game of Round the World with some basic addition problems, which they are learning to really love. She is a great reader and quite a bit ahead of the other students, but she had not picked up the concept of addition quite yet. She was getting quite frustrated because she could not answer fast enough and when we were finished she asked me with great big tears in her eyes, "Why are they so hard on me when I am so easy on them?" I think she thought the other students were the issue here and since they were not letting her win they were being hard on her.
Another time she informed me that her parents had changed since they moved from California. "They use to be fun when we lived in California, but now they are just organized." I guess all they do now is make her work when she is at home and she does not like it.
Yes, questions of all sorts come my way throughout the day and some of them make me laugh, while some others make me scratch my head. Some questions are ones that I can answer and others are questions that leave me puzzled, concerned, or keep me hanging for quite some time. When the questions are hard, I am glad I have Someone to turn to for an answer; even when He may not tell me what I want to hear or tells me to wait, I can depend on the Lord to help carry a burden by casting it down at His feet. He will lift us up beyond our earthly feelings and gently lead us, as a shepherd leads his flock, and take care of us. The question today is, have you asked Him to help answer your questions?
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30