The warm, brightly lit kitchen of the Johnson home spills over with talking and laughter. Sue, Jon and Andrea seated at the kitchen table eagerly awaiting a batch of fresh oatmeal raisin cookies that Mrs. Johnson is has in the oven.
Bursting Into the kitchen, Sue’s seven year old little brother Stanley exclaims, “Hey Jon , do you think that it’s too late to go over to the park and play on the big toys? Come on, can you come and play with me…please?”
Jon turns and smiles at the boy,“Uh, you know Stanley that I’d love to play with you but, your mom is about to take the most delicious cookies ever out of the oven and, and…I think that we really ought to stay here and give them a tasting, don’t you think?” Stanley was about to object to the delay when his nose caught the delicious aroma of the about to be taken out of the oven cookies. He climbed up into the chair next to Jon and said loud enough for everyone to hear, “Who’s pouring the milk?”
Laughter filled the Johnson kitchen. Sue got up and said, “You know Stanley, I was just about to do that, why don’t you get the glasses out ok?” Stanley jumped down from his chair with a cheerful “Sure!” and proceeded to pull his chair over to the cupboard where the glasses were stored, retrieved 4 glasses and then looked at his mother and said, “Mom do you want one too?” “I surely do Stanley, thank you for thinking to ask. Let me help you carry these to the table.” Sue retrieved the milk from the refrigerator and began to pour it into the glasses.
Sitting back down, Jon looked at her and said, “So what are we going to do to catch this person that took my Bible?” Sue looked at her mother and starts to explain, “We wanted to ask your advice Mom. Jon accidentally left his new Bible on one of the benches by the courtyard at school today and someone took it before he could get back to get it again. We were hoping to find out who it was so that we could talk to them and try to lead them to the Lord. What do you think we should do?”
Mrs. Johnson took the first pan of cookies out of the oven and set it on a cooling rack on the kitchen counter. Then she turned to Sue and said “Did you look in the lost and found yet?”
Sue, Jon & Andrea looked at each other and then Jon piped up to say, “Yes, Ma’am, Mrs. Johnson, the lost and found was the first place that I looked after school, but the people in the office said that no one had turned anything in all day.” Sue added, “And there is something else that we didn’t tell you yet Mom. There have been other things around the school that have been taken as well, not just Jon’s bible. Kids have been talking about it all week. Our teacher told us today that we should keep a close eye on our things because of the thefts.” Jon and Andrea were nodding their heads in agreement. Then Jon spoke up, “That’s right and when we were talking about it on the way home, we thought that someone may have taken my Bible so that they could read it and that maybe that someone could be very lost and need Jesus. We just wanted to share Him with whoever it is.”
Mrs. Johnson smiled, “You know Sue, I like that idea. I like it a lot” and then she turned back to the counter, picked up a pan of uncooked cookies and put them into the still open oven, closed it, set the timer on the stove, walked over to the table and sat down. She looked at Sue and said, “But, don’t be too quick to turn this into a mystery to solve. I am glad that you want to talk to someone about the Lord. That is always a good idea. But about trying to solve the mystery of who is doing the stealing, that’s the part that I’m not so sure about.” Mrs. Johnson stared thoughtfully at Sue for a moment, “Just how would you go about doing that anyway?”