Wet Pants

I want to share a story with you that I received in one of those forwarded emails that I don’t always read, but this one was really good.  I don’t know the origin of the story, but all credit goes to whoever they are!!

“Come with me to a third grade classroom….. There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It’s never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they’ll never speak to him again as long as he lives.


The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, ‘Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I’m dead meat.’

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered. As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy’s lap..

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, ‘Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!’

Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else – Susie. She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. ‘You’ve done enough, you klutz!’

Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, ‘You did that on purpose, didn’t you?’ Susie whispers back, ‘I wet my pants once, too.’ “


This is one of the best illustrations that I have seen to show how so many times in our crazy lives God answers our prayers through someone else.  I hope you will think of this story the next time you are praying desperately for something, but don’t quite know where the answer is going to come from.

Images courtesy of Free Digital Photos –Photographers: David Castillo Dominici, digitalart and Microsoft Office Images.


  1. Jamie says:

    I've read this 3x now and each time I can't help but shed a tear or two. Maybe it's because I was always the one wetting my pants (lol) Or maybe it's because I'm always the one desperately praying for help. But no matter what the reason, the principle is true. Thanks for helping me feel the Spirit today. =)

  2. Emily S. says:

    That's such a cute story. I often times remind myself to try to notice the blessing that are being poured onto me by others. It's also important to follow those random thoughts we have to do something for someone. Never know, might just be a blessing they are in need of!

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