The Woe family crowded in their mini van for a nice Sunday drive. Papa was in the driver's seat and Mama sat next to him. Willy and Milly shared the middle seat and Billy and Lilly shared the back seat.
Twenty minutes went by and Milly couldn't wait any longer, she just had to know. "Where are we going Papa?" She asked anxiously.
Pretending not to hear her, Papa rolled his window down and took a deep breath. "Ah, smell that fresh air. I just love this time of year." He said. "It's harvest time."
Mama sat quietly, gazing at all of the brilliant colors passing by. Trees of gold, yellow, and orange lit the way. The mountains ahead looked like a beautiful painting. "Look at all of those colors." She said in a soft voice.
"Did God paint that picture?" Lilly asked.
"It's not a painting, silly." Billy piped in with a smirk. "Those are trees and mountains."
"Sure looks like a picture to me." She insisted.
"In many ways it is a picture," Papa began to explain. "You see Lilly, when God created all of this beauty He spoke it into existence. That means all He did was speak what He wanted done and things were made. Isn't it beautiful?"
Lilly thought for a moment. "So, instead of using a paint brush like an artist does, God used His words?"
"Exactly!" Papa exclaimed.
"I'm bored." Billy whined. "Are we there yet?"
Milly let out a big sigh. "Papa, I'd really like to know where we're going." She said somewhat sternly. "We've been riding around for at least 30 minutes now." Again she let out another sigh of impatience to stress her point.
By this time Willy joined in. "Hey Papa, I really need to go to the…"
"WOW!" Lilly interrupted with a shout, pointing out the window. "Look over there."
"Neat-O!" Billy exclaimed.
"We're here!" Papa announced. "PETE'S PECULIAR PUMPKIN PATCH AND PET-A-PET PLACE." He read aloud. "See y'all there's the sign right there."
"Finally!" Milly sighed.
"Look at all of those pumpkins!" Billy said eagerly waiting for Papa to park the car. Beautiful bright orange pumpkins of all shapes and sizes covered the landscape as far as the eye could see.
Lilly just sat there with her mouth gapped open. "Wow," she whispered. "I've never seen so many pumpkins in all my life." (Mama smiled. She just loved the innocent responses of her children.)
Willy, anxiously waiting for Papa to park – for other reasons, asked the most important question of all. "Papa, why are we getting a pumpkin when we don't celebrate Halloween?"
Papa's response was simple. "God didn't make Halloween, Willy, people did. God just made the pumpkins for us to enjoy."
With that the car finally came to rest and they all piled out. Milly stretched from being cramped up. Then she followed Billy and Lilly as they hunted for the biggest pumpkin in the patch. Mama gave Papa a gentle hug of approval for his piece of wisdom imparted to the children. Then off she went to pick out a few pumpkins of her own for her famous "Plump Puddin' Pumpkin Pie". And Willy…well, I think we all know where he ran-off to.
The Woe family was well on their way to enjoying the blessings of harvest time; which is God's true purpose for this time of year.