Black Cats and Sidewalk Cracks


Idolatry-Discerning: God is in control.


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Proverbs 16:33

Make your motions and cast your votes, but God has the final say.


Step on a sidewalk crack, break your mama's back. Break a mirror, bad luck for seven years. When a black cat crosses your path or you walk under a ladder, you'll have bad luck. All these and more are little superstitions that most of us have heard at one time or another. Usually we aren't tempted to take them seriously until something bad happens right after we've broken a mirror, or seen a black cat, or walked under a ladder.

This kind of thing is harmless, unless we start thinking that somehow they are influencing the events and circumstances of our lives. Then it's time to remember who is really in charge. God rules the world and our lives not superstitions or luck. Theologians call this the providence of God. Perhaps the words of the catechism I learned as a child say it best:

Providence is

the almighty and ever present power of God
by which he upholds, as with his hand,
and earth
and all creatures,
and so rules them that
leaf and blade,
rain and drought,
fruitful and lean years,
food and drink,
health and sickness,
prosperity and poverty-
all things, in fact, come to us
not by chance
but from his fatherly hand.


And what is the result when we know that God is in control?


We can be patient when things go against us,
thankful when things go well,
and for the future we can have
good confidence in our faithful God and Father
that nothing will separate us from his love.
All creatures are so completely in his hand
that without his will
they can neither move nor be moved."

(Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 27 and 28)


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Where did Lucille go with Liz and his dad?
A. A Chinese restaurant.

Q. What did Lucille use to show Liz that fortune cookies are not to be trusted?
A. A box of fortune cookies from the store.

Q. What did Skink do to get back at Liz?
A. Tried to get him to walk under a ladder he's rigged with a pail of water.

Q. Who did the water fall on?
A. Skink.

Q. What did Morrie's soccer team eat for good luck?
A. Spaghetti.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


The song for this episode says that you need to choose between luck and love. What does that mean?


To choose between luck and love means to choose between believing what happens to me is the result of luck or chance or to believe that I am the object of God's loving care. Jesus talks about God's loving care in Matthew 6:25-34 and Luke 12:22-31. Talk with your children about all the ways God takes care of your family every day. Are there unexpected ways that God has provided for you? Do you have a story to share where your plans overruled by God and you found that God's plans were better?


When you are jumping over sidewalk cracks or avoiding black cats remember who is really in charge and than God for his loving care for you and your family.
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