When Dwayne was little, one of his favorite things to do was spend time with his shovels, toys, and trucks in his wooden sandbox. It was fun to make roads and move the sand around.
Summer had turned to fall in Dwayne’s town. The leaves were beginning to flutter off the trees and blow around. The days were growing colder, and Dwayne needed to wear warmer clothes when he went outside to play. Soon, snow would be coming.
One day Dwayne’s mom told him that before long, it would be too cold outside to play in the sandbox. Dwayne was disappointed. He wanted to keep playing in the sand.
In the Christian Science Sunday School, Dwayne had been learning about God, and that God gives us good ideas because God is good. God’s goodness is everywhere, and includes everyone. Sometimes it comes to us as these good ideas, which keep us safe and happy. These ideas are for all of us, all the time.
“I have a good idea from God!” Dwayne told his mom one day, as more leaves piled up outside.
“Well, good for you, Dwayne!” his mom said. “What is it?”
“We can move the sandbox inside the house,” said Dwayne.
At first Dwayne’s mom thought that wouldn’t work. The sandbox wouldn’t fit in the kitchen. It would make a big mess in the living room. But then Dwayne’s mom listened for a good idea from God, too, and was inspired to do something new. And that’s when she remembered the basement. “Maybe we could put a sandbox in the basement close to the furnace room, where it’s warm,” she told Dwayne.
What happened next was this. The wooden sandbox outside was too big and heavy to move. Instead, Dwayne’s mom was able to buy a plastic wading pool and move the sand, bucket by bucket, from the sandbox outside, through the kitchen, and down the steps to the basement, where the new plastic pool waited.
Dwayne was so happy! He had listened to God and shared his good idea. And now he could play with his trucks and shovels in his new sandbox all winter! Best of all, Dwayne learned how good God is, and that God’s ideas are always there for us when we need them. All we have to do is listen!