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Silly Miss Millie

Copyright©2018 De Dorman

Provided by Helping Hands Ministry

Permission to print and use for ministry and classroom use. Not to be sold. 

Spanish available upon request

 

Teaching texts-

Proverbs 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise..

1Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

 Tucked away in the mountains of Mexico is a ranch filled with little glimpses of the glory of God. Butterflies can be seen prancing from flower to flower while hummingbirds fill themselves with a good supply of nectar. A herd of cattle can be seen in the mornings and evenings being led by their kind shepherd from pasture to pasture. The little calves scamper to their mamas at the first sign of anything unfamiliar. Chickens and geese also live freely on this ranch. This is a story about two of the geese, Miss Millie and Sheldon; one is wise and one is learning to be. You decide who is who.

Even though Miss Millie had a nice pond to enjoy and all the food she wanted, she could always be found near the chicken coop, sitting and waiting for someone to open the gate so she could waddle inside. The rancher was always shooing her away, reminding the silly goose that she was not a chicken.

Go back to your pond, you silly goose. he said many times a day. The chickens rule this roost.


It wasn’t that Miss Millie thought herself to be a chicken, she knew better. But to her, the food on the other side of the gate looked so much better than what the pond had to offer. She could almost taste the crunchy bits of corn.

Maybe if I sound like a chicken, he will let me in to eat with the chickens. thought Silly Miss Millie.

Day after day, Miss Millie could only think about the food that waited on the inside of the chicken coop.

Her friend Sheldon saw her waddling toward the chicken coop one morning and called, Come over and swim with me. The wind brought some berries to us; they’re delicious!

Thanks, but not right now. Miss Millie answered.

Berries! Who wants berries again? If I could only get inside the coop, I would have a feast! she thought to herself. 

She quacked and tried to cluck as she watched the hens eat. 

That is just too much food for a few chickens to eat. If I could only get inside, I would help them eat it. reasoned a greedy little goose.

Sheldon was a good friend, a friend who tried to help Miss Millie by reminding her of all the good things that they had at the pond.

Our Maker provides good things for us, Millie. Jump in and enjoy! Sheldon tried one more time to steer this silly goose away from the idea of getting the chicken food. It didn’t work. Millie kept waddling closer to the coop.


 

Now Sheldon couldn’t be sure, but he had heard from a friend of friend that there was something awful going on in the coop and, being the wise goose that he was, he decided to stay as far away from it as possible.

Millie, he warned, I’ve heard there’s trouble in the coop.

She refused to listen as she headed straight for the chicken coop.

 

Well, would you look at that! she whispered to herself as she waddled on inside an open gate. She had no idea where the rancher was and for some reason, on this morning, the chickens were kept shut up inside their pens.

She didn’t know where to start, there were pans full of food setting all around.

This is great! She honked in joy. Let’s see, how about if I start here, she decided on the fullest dish, and work my way around! She was one happy goose as she munched and crunched her way around to every pan of food. Not one time did she have to share any of it with a chicken.

When the silly goose got to the last pan of food, she was so full that she could barely walk.

I’ll just take one more bite and then go back to the pond. Millie had never been so full in her life.

 

 

It was a long, slow walk back to the pond but when she got there, as she floated on the water, she told Sheldon about her time in the coop.

Sheldon didn’t quite know what to think, but one thing he was sure of was that he knew that he was a goose and he was content in his pond.

After a short swim, Miss Millie went to her nest which was hidden among the trees. She was feeling so sleepy. She rested all that day and the following one, as well.  When she finally made her way back to the pond on the third day, Sheldon noticed that something was wrong.

 

No! Wait! Don’t get in the water. He warned for the sake of the other geese. Look at your reflection, Miss Millie. You’re losing your beautiful feathers!

Oh, no! It was true, her feathers were falling out!

So this is why the chickens were pinned up a few days earlier. Miss Millie thought to herself. They have feather lice.

Millie had to stay all by herself until the rancher was sure that she was free from the pesky lice that could harm the other geese.

It took three weeks of treatment before she could finally be with Sheldon and the other geese at the pond.

The day finally came when she could join the others in the water. She came with some shame because a lot of her beautiful feathers were missing.

I wish that I would have listened to you, Sheldon. You tried to tell me. Millie said with great remorse. I’m just happy that you all didn’t get lice, too.

Sheldon, who was a good friend, thought for a moment and then replied, I’m sorry that you had to go through this and I’m so glad that you’re better!

Me, too. She quietly answered. I am very happy to be a goose, though I have been a very silly one.

She remembered her alone-time and went on by saying, I am not a chicken, I do not want to sound like a chicken, and I am happy with the food that our Maker has provided for us right here in our pond.

Maybe Silly Miss Millie isn’t so silly anymore.

 

 

Spiritual growth application:

Godliness with contentment is great gain. I Timothy 6:6-11

Sin separates us from God and others, but because He is merciful and gracious, we can be restored when we are sorry for our sin; accepting the responsibility for the choice made.

And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against The LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. II Samuel 12:13

I will be sorry for my sin.. Psalm 38:18

Salvation:

All have sinned- Romans 3:23

Sin separates us from Holy God- Isaiah 59:2

God loves sinners- John 3:16

Repent, believe and receive salvation through Jesus, The Only Begotten Son of God.

Romans 10:9-13

The redeemed are to think themselves to be dead to sin and alive to God. Romans 6:11


Questions:

Where did Millie want to be? The chicken coop

Why did she want to be there? To eat the food inside

What did she do to try and convince the rancher to let her inside the coop? She tried to sound like a chicken.

Who was Miss Millie thinking of all the time? Miss Millie was thinking of herself.

What blessings did Miss Millie have all along? Sheldon, food at the pond, good health, a nest