Today I transported 80 kindergarteners on a field trip to a mountain forest. Do you have any idea how loud 80 excited 5-year-olds can get when confined in a 40ft.-long steel box on wheels?
Anyway, I couldn’t help overhear the advice school teachers were giving to the little crumb crunchers. One warned, “Don’t pick anything up from the ground; you won’t be able to keep it, anyway.” Another said, “Don’t bounce on the swinging bridge; just look over the side.”
However, the best piece of advice was clear enough: “Do NOT get off the trail!” But I spoke up and said, “‘Cause if you get off the trail, we might have to send the dogs after you.”
Who knew the little girl was afraid of dogs? I didn’t! Cry baby.
So, that got me to thinking: what would be the worst advice to give 80 children before a trip into the woods?
- Don’t worry about your lunch box, the forest is full of pretty berries.
- As long as the animal is smaller than you, go ahead and pet it. It won’t mind.
- Hey, bounce on the swinging bridge…it’s just like a trampoline.
- Of course! Rules are meant to be broken.
- Bears? What bears? This is Tennessee, kid. We don’t have bears. You’re thinking of Chicago.
- I don’t care what your mom said, poison oak is a hoax. Don’t your parents have oak furniture? Does it make you itch? See, she lied.
- Who can get closest to the edge?
- Whatever you do, don’t stay on the trail. Trails are for babies.
- Snakes are overrated, misunderstood jump ropes.
Fortunately, when it comes to the wilderness of life, there is One who always gives good advice. He teaches us to stay on the path that He has already walked. He warns us of things that can harm us. He can even tell the difference between good and bad fruit trees.
Psa 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Matt 4:19 – And he saith unto them, Follow me….