I was curious about the sudden uptick in kids checking out the Bible in my school library. It wasn’t until I overheard two kids discussing whether or not there were unicorns in the Bible that I finally understood.
Kids are crazy for unicorns right now. All the kids’ clothing manufacturers, toy-makers, book publishers, lunch box designers, etc., have seemingly worked together to create a conspiracy of Unicorn Madness. So, it wasn’t too shocking to hear that someone, somewhere, had started a rumor about unicorns showing up somewhere unexpected–even in the Bible.
When one of the students checked out a Bible last week, I asked her about the whole unicorn thing. “Oh, yes,” she said. “There’s unicorns. I heard.” I tried to set her straight, and said that I had read my Bible through a couple of times, and, sorry, but no unicorns.
I had a little time at the computer while waiting for some stragglers to check their books out, so I turned to my trusty Bible Gateway website and typed “Unicorn” into the search box. Imagine my surprise when a verse from Daniel popped up!
Daniel 8:5 reads: “As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between his eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground.”
Huh. Not exactly the shining white horse with a rainbow mane that adorns a lot of t-shirts and backpacks these days, but there it was: an animal with a single horn between his eyes.
Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me” ((Luke 18:16). He might have added, “Even if they’re just in search of unicorns.”
I can’t wait to tell the 2nd grader that I was wrong.
What are you excited about this week?