Calvin thought over the day’s events. It had been a very exciting day. First, Michael almost clobbered him, then he met his new neighbor, Doc Solomon. Doc walked him home after the incident with Michael Martin. The day had been full of surprises. When Calvin began to introduce Doc to his parents, his dad smiled from ear to ear.
“Why, Doc Solomon, I can’t believe my eyes! I was just a little boy when you left Parson’s Cove. You were my Sunday School teacher. I’m John Koehn,” his dad exclaimed. “It is good to see you again.”
“Of course I remember you! Your dad was one of my best friends. I haven’t seen him in years. It has been a long time since I left Parson’s Cove. I thought your boy looked familiar. He looks just like you did at that age.”
The adults talked about old times for a while. Then Doc asked, “Calvin, if it is okay with your dad, would you be willing to help me tomorrow? There is so much to do since we moved.”
“Can I, Dad?” Calvin looked for his dad’s nodding head before he said, “I’ll be over first thing.”
Calvin was so excited. He hopped out of bed the next day and quickly got ready. When he came downstairs, his parents were surprised.
“My, aren’t you up early,” Dad smiled. “I suppose you have some place important to go.”
“Dad, did you forget? I’m supposed to help Doc today,” Calvin replied.
“I didn’t forget. I just haven’t seen you get so excited to work before.”
Calvin shook his head and said, “Aw, Dad, you’re making fun of me.”
“You be good, Calvin,” Dad reminded him. “Do as you are told.”
Calvin nodded as he ran out the door. It didn’t take him long to go up the hill to Doc Solomon’s home. It stood on a hill overlooking the cove. His backyard went all the way to the lake at the point of the cove.
Just as Calvin knocked on the front door, Doc came from behind the garage.
“Why, hello, Calvin. Glad you could come over and help me. I carve things into stone and wood. After seeing that shed out back, I thought it would be the best place to set up my shop. But it needs some work. So, I’ve got some supplies and we are going to fix it up.”
Calvin helped Doc carry lumber and tools down to the shed. Doc pushed against the building and it didn’t even shake. Inside, it had a nice view of the lake. Together, they worked on fixing any holes in the building. Calvin swept it out while Doc patched a few places on the roof. By noon, the building was in really good shape. Mrs. Solomon brought them sandwiches for lunch. Afterwards, they moved boxes into the shed. Doc asked Calvin to help unpack the boxes. The very first box only had one stone in it. There was a Bible verse carved into it.
“Look,” Calvin said as he lifted it out of the box. “That’s the verse you told me yesterday. ‘Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;’ but it has another verse with it. ‘But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.’ What does meditate mean?” Calvin asked after he read the verse aloud.
Doc sat on the stool that he just brought into the building. “Meditate means to think about it. God wants you to think about His Word all the time,” Doc explained. “The blessed man is excited in God’s Word – His law. He knows it. That is why it is important to study the Bible and to learn Bible verses. It is important to know God’s Word.”
“Well, I go to Sunday School,” Calvin said. “I’m also in AWANA Club, so I have learned lots of Bible verses.”
“That’s good,” Doc answered, “But do you always understand the verses that you memorize?”
“No,” Calvin admitted. “I just learn it so that I can get my patch.”
“I’ve done that before too, not for a patch, but for other reasons,” Doc said.
“Perhaps, this verse will make us both slow down and think about the meaning of God’s Word and enjoy what He is saying to us.”
Later that night, Calvin thought about what Doc said. He opened his Bible and read Psalm 1:1-2 again. “Lord, help me to think about Your Word all the time and enjoy what You are telling me. And thank You for Doc Solomon. Amen.”