I’m occasionally asked the age-old question, “Why did God allow _________?
First, I don’t believe anyone has a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. I know I don’t. Last week I was talking with a guy in jail who is staring down the barrel of 25 years in prison. As he was pouring out his heart, he asked me the “Why did God allow ________?” question, but then he kept talking. I decided not to answer his question since he never returned to it.
The next day I was reminded of a short story I wrote for my daughter back in 2015. So, I decided to switch my daughter’s name out with his daughter’s name and then send the story to him via snail mail. The following week when I went to visit him, he thanked me for the letter and the story. He told me the story brought clarity to his question.
The story: Beezle Bobby
Long ago in the Land of Port lived an amazing little girl named Angel. She loved her Daddy like crazy. Angel had
everything a little girl could want. She had nice clothes and some really cool, sparkly shoes. Angel also had a pink backpack and soft collection of big-eyed, stuffed animals like zebras, horses, monkeys and more. She was beautiful, smart, creative and kind. Her life was pretty much perfect. She was the best daughter a Dad could ever have. Angel also had three fun friends, a fun school, and had a fun teacher. But there was a mean little boy who roamed the hallways at her school every day. He was known by the nickname Beezle Bobby. He was very angry, and he did not like Angel or any of the other kids.
One day before school started Beezle Bobby ran up out of nowhere and took Angel’s backpack. Angel was so sad because this backpack was a gift from her dad. Then, not even five minutes later, Beezle Bobby ran by again and grabbed her bag that was full of all her stuffed animals she had brought for show-and-tell. Angel was beyond sad because she loved her animals so much.
Later that same morning while in class, Beezle Bobby snuck up behind her and took her new jacket that was tied around her waist. After taking her jacket, he ripped the pockets off and destroyed it. That same day while at lunch, Angel was in the cafeteria and Beezle Bobby ran by and smashed her lunch with his fist. Now, Angel had no backpack, no animals, no jacket, and no lunch. This was not a good day. Angel ran to the bathroom, began to cry, and wondered why these things happened.
She then remembered recess was about to begin outside on the playground, so she ran outside. Beezle Bobby was lying in the grass waiting for Angel. When Beezle Bobby saw Angel, he snuck up behind her and pushed her down on the ground. She got scrapes all over her knees. She was so sad, and she was in great pain. Then Angel’s teacher ran up to her and said, “Are you ok? You should scream at your Daddy for letting you get hurt!”
After her teacher left, Angel’s three friends saw that Angel was in pain. They ran over and sat next to her, but they didn’t say anything to her for seven minutes. They just wanted to be there for her. Then after those seven minutes had passed, Angel said, “I wish I were never born!” Her friends tried to make things better by saying sweet things.
At the end of the school day, Angel’s dad came to pick her up from school. He saw how beat up and sad she was. His heart broke for her as she sat in the car and told him all that had happened. She said to him, “Daddy, you gave me the backpack, jacket, and all the stuffed animals, why did you allow them to be taken away from me? And why did you allow me to get hurt?” Her dad said to her,
“Angel. Baby. I love you. Please trust me. This will all work out. Please know that I did not lay a hand on you. It was Beezle Bobby who did all of this to you. He does not like you. He does not like any of the kids at your school. Doesn’t he hurt all the children at your school both before lunch and after lunch every day? You went through many things today and have learned so much. I’m so proud of you. Now, I want to take you to the mall, and we can pick out a new backpack, a new jacket, and a bunch of big-eyed animals. Then I want to take you to your favorite restaurant for dinner since you didn’t have lunch. Does this sound good? I love you so much.”
Angel was so happy and thankful as she and her dad spent time together. Angel and her dad are now closer than they have ever been before.