Finding the Way Back to Mayberry
Lesson 10 - Mr. McBeevee
Opie is at the age where he particularly enjoys utilizing his vivid imagination. Andy plays along when Opie pretends to be a cowboy named Tex, with a horse named Blackie. Barney isnt so thrilled by imagination. Hes a bit gullible and he takes everything literally. Andy is amused when Opie begins telling him about a man he met while playing in the woods. He says his name is Mr. McBeevee and that he walks among the treetops and wears a big, shiny silver hat. Later, Andy is concerned when his young son displays a dulled hatchet and claims that Mr. McBeevee gave it to him...
How we Perceive what Others Say - Barney and Andy
We hear, but do we listen? (Luke 8)
Jumping to Conclusions
Judging by Past Performance
Holding to the Truth - Opie
Tempted by the "Easy Out" (James 1)
What Really Matters
Standing Your Ground (John 8:32)
Faith - Andy
Doesnt Answer All Questions
In Things Unseen (Heb. 11:1)
In the Person (John 20:29)
How might the incident with "Blackie" have swayed Andy and Barneys opinion of the existence of Mr. McBeevee?
When Opie was describing Mr. McBeevee to Barney, it made sense to us because we knew the whole story. How might this be an example when were asked to believe something that we think doesnt make sense?
How does society view holding on to the truth when it is not in our personal best interest?
When Andy made the decision to believe in Opie, did he have all the answers? How does that situation translate into our faith today?
"I guess its a time like this when youre asked to believe something that just dont seem possible; thats the moment that decides whether youve got faith in somebody or not."