In her cow­boy hat and boots, our grand­daugh­ter In­die re­ally stood out at va­ca­tion Bible school.


Our daugh­ter, Kim, owns a food truck. She en­joys her cus­tomers and of­ten vis­its with them while they wait for or­ders. Kim has met some re­ally nice peo­ple. One of her cus­tomers is a min­is­ter from a lo­cal church. While wait­ing for his food one day, he in­vited Kim’s daugh­ter, In­die, to va­ca­tion Bible school and gave Kim the VBS brochure. Kim told him she’d send In­die.

Bible school week ar­rived. The theme was Western: “Ridin’ Strong With Je­sus.” All week long I got In­die ready in cow­girl at­tire. One day, as in­structed by the brochure, she took her fa­vorite stuffed an­i­mal to be branded. Oddly, In­die came back home with the stuffed puppy, say­ing the folks run­ning the camp did not think it should be branded.

Hmm? This was con­fus­ing. Ev­ery day Buddy, her grand­fa­ther, drove In­die to the church, walked her in, said “hello, good-bye”; then picked her up af­ter VBS. We are in a small town where most peo­ple know each other, and Buddy rec­og­nized sev­eral of the adults. Some were for­mer stu­dents from his days teach­ing high school, so there was no rea­son for Kim to be con­cerned about any­thing.

In­die loved va­ca­tion Bible school. She wanted to re­turn ev­ery night, and never said a word about the other chil­dren’s lack of Western en­thu­si­asm. Both Buddy and In­die were obliv­i­ous to the fact that she was decked out like a cow­girl ev­ery day while the other chil­dren were dressed nor­mally.

One night, the min­ster who had in­vited In­die to VBS stopped by the food truck. He men­tioned to Kim how dis­ap­pointed he was that In­die had not at­tended his church’s Bible school.

Puz­zled, Kim de­scribed the cow­girl gear In­die had been wear­ing each day. “No, no, def­i­nitely not,” he said. He had not seen her.

Kim’s face turned snow white from shock. Then it turned sev­eral shades of red as she re­al­ized that In­die had been at­tend­ing the wrong church all week!

Luck­ily, the other church wel­comed the cow­girl into their hearts. No one asked, “Sweetie, who are you?” or more im­por­tantly, “Sweetie, why do you look like Annie Oak­ley ev­ery day?”

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