This is a story of protection from the evils and dangers that lurk in the outside world. We can easily see that the imagery is that of a child leaving the confines, rules, and protection of home. But the bigger picture is that of the child of God straying from the protection of God or the shelter a Christian has in the fellowship of believers.
The story, though brought down to children's level, is a bit heavy for a child's comprehension; but I do believe a "seed" can be planted via the reading of this story that a child can learn that he or she must not stray from his place of protection. The lesson can also be learned that someone will care enough to come pick up the pieces of our brokenness and restore us.
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