Scripture Reference: Matthew 17:1-13, Mark 9:2-13, Luke 9:28-36
A lesson about mountaintop experiences.
OZZIE – an excitable little monster
SQUIGGLY – Ozzie’s pet worm
MR.MIKE – the teacher who sets him straight
(MR. MIKE is on stage.)
MR. MIKE: (after praying) Time to turn your attention to the puppet stage for our puppet show. (long pause) Our puppet show! (long pause) Are you back there, Ozzie?
MR. MIKE: Are you coming out?
MR. MIKE: Be a good fellow and come out and talk to the kids.
OZZIE: Um… No.
MR. MIKE: Why not?
OZZIE: Well, Mr. Mike, I was back here praying while you and the kids were praying.
MR. MIKE: That’s good.
OZZIE: And I had a deep spiritual experience.
MR. MIKE: That’s wonderful, Ozzie. But why aren’t you coming out?
OZZIE: I’ve realized that this is a special place, because I heard from God here. So I’ve decided to stay backstage.
MR. MIKE: For how long?
MR. MIKE: Forever?
OZZIE: That’s the plan.
MR. MIKE: How do you plan to eat?
OZZIE: (mystically) I figured God would send ravens to feed me and tend to my needs. (casually) Or Squiggly can fetch me some Twinkies.
SQUIGGLY: (appears and nods)
MR. MIKE: What about school?
OZZIE: I won’t miss school. Besides, Squiggly can bring me my homework.
MR. MIKE: What about chores at home?
OZZIE: I’m spending time with God here. I’m sure my mom will understand. If not, then Squiggly can do my chores for me.
SQUIGGLY: (shakes head no)
MR. MIKE: But what about all the fine boys and girls?
OZZIE: What about them?
MR. MIKE: They are waiting on you. They learn so much from you.
OZZIE: You don’t say.
MR. MIKE: I do say. The kids need you, Ozzie.
OZZIE: Squiggly can handle it.
MR. MIKE: Apparently not. It’s great to spend time in God’s presence, but God also wants you doing things to make a difference in people’s lives and telling people about Him.
MR. MIKE: Seriously. Now be a good fellow and come on out.
OZZIE: (appears) OK. (pause) Now what?
MR. MIKE: Share with them our lesson for today.
OZZIE: (very seriously) Our lesson for today is… (dramatic pause, clears throat, the says quickly) what Mr. Mike said. (disappears)
MR. MIKE: Ozzie!