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Changing Seasons

3. You Will Know

 

After Frank left, Grandpa had a really difficult time concentrating on his book. It seemed like he would read a page, and then get ready to turn it. But he couldn’t remember what he just read, so he read the page again.

 

Grandpa put the book down and decided to go for a little drive through the countryside.

 

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The next morning when Larry and Lisa were eating breakfast, Larry said, “So, what do you think is up with Frank, Lisa?”

 

Lisa responded, “What do you mean? I thought you and Frank were going to go on a little adventure yesterday. Didn’t you go?”

 

Larry said, “I went over to Frank’s house and knocked on the door. Frank’s mom answered the door and said that he wasn’t home. She said she would mention to Frank that I stopped by. But I never heard from Frank the rest of the day. “

 

Mrs. Lewis interrupted, “I’m sure Frank will be OK. His mom told me that he gets in one of those moods every once in a while. She called me on the phone yesterday and asked me what I thought she should do. I said I wasn’t sure, but we would definitely pray for Frank.“

 

Larry said, “I hope Frank isn’t getting into one of his Franco moods again. I really shouldn’t have made that comment in class to him. It is kind of true that Frank struggles with being proud, but I think there might be something else behind it. I want to try to be a better friend to him.“

 

Mrs. Lewis said, “That’s great Larry! I’m sure you’ll have an opportunity to talk with him, soon. “

 

Larry and Lisa decided to go over to the local park. They could always find someone to play with there. They liked swinging on the swings, and Lisa loved to sit and just watch the world go by. She was still in her ‘I think I would like to draw something’ mood. Lisa brought her drawing supplies with her, just in case.

 

When Larry and Lisa arrived at the park, they saw Frank sitting on a bench, all by himself, just staring into space.

 

Lisa looked at Larry and said, “There he is! I guess it’s time for you to go over and have a little friend-to-friend chat with him, huh?“

 

Larry was a little bit hesitant, but he said, “OK. I’ll go see what’s up with him.”

 

Larry decided he didn’t want to scare Frank out of his skin, so he walked in a semi-circular pattern so that he would approach Frank from the front instead of from behind him. Larry was starting to get more sensitive about these things.

 

Larry said, “Hey, Frank. What’s up?”

 

Frank came out of his trance and decided to talk with Larry. Well, he really didn’t want to, but he decided he was going to have to.

 

Frank said, “Sorry about yesterday. My mom told me that you came by. I’m not sure why I didn’t check back with you. I just don’t know what to say. You really are a good friend.“

 

Larry said, “I’ve been thinking a lot about you recently. I’m sorry I called you Franco. I’m actually sorry that I used that name in my silly story. It just kind of came out as I was thinking about what I wanted to say.”

 

Frank remembered what he had promised Grandpa, but he still needed to talk to somebody about how he was feeling. Frank wondered what he could say to Larry, and still be true to his promise.

 

Frank finally said, “Larry, have you ever had a feeling that you just needed to talk to somebody, but you weren’t sure who you could talk to? Then, when you realized who you could talk to about your problem, you remembered that you had already promised somebody else to not talk about the problem.“

 

Larry responded, “Umm. I’m not quite sure what that means. But you can always talk to God about anything. He’s usually the one with the best answer, anyway.“

 

Frank said, “Well, you and God are probably best buddies. I’m never really sure what to say when I want to talk to God. And I’m not really sure that he’s ever talked to me. How would I know?”

 

Larry said, “You will know! Just trust me. So, would you like to go on our little adventure, now? We can stop by and tell both of our moms that we’re going to be gone for a little while and we’ll be back for lunch. There’s a really neat path we can ride our bikes on.”

 

Frank responded, “OK. That sounds like a good idea.”

 

As Larry and Frank were leaving the park, Lisa looked over with a smile on her face. She was sure that she heard from God. He told her that Frank was ready to hear from Him now.

 

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Grandpa was sitting on his front porch again this morning. He really liked the kids, but he was glad that he had some quiet time by himself.

 

God’s Spirit directed Grandpa to read from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible. He was able to focus better this morning. A few of the phrases in chapter 3 stayed with him:

- A time to be born, and a time to die

- A time to weep, and a time to laugh

- A time to keep silent, and a time to speak

 

Grandpa called one of the men from the church and told him what he was planning to do. His friend told Grandpa that he would pray for him.

 

That evening, Grandpa called Larry and asked him to invite some of the kids over to his house on Saturday afternoon. He said the usual time of 3 PM was good for him.

 

Grandpa told Larry that it was going to be a little bit different than usual. Grandpa said he wanted to make sure that Frank and Frieda were there. He told Larry that he could invite anybody else he wanted to.

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