Getting the kids to school on time can sometimes be a challenge! On one recent morning, we made it out of the house on time, but my daughter discovered that she had forgotten her coat. She has been fighting a head cold recently, so I decided to bring her coat out to the school a couple of hours later during her first recess. She was in the gym, so I just placed her coat on the back of her seat and had a short conversation with her teacher. When I turned around to leave, she was standing behind me. Her question was one I didn’t expect…
“Why do you think about me so much?”
She then added, “I’m ten years old, Mom! I can handle being a little cold during recess!”
I responded with the following words, “Well, I think about you all the time because I love you! I know that you have been fighting a cold lately, and I just wanted to bring a jacket out to you so that you would be a little more comfortable.”
She thanked me, and we said our goodbyes as she ran back to the gym. As I pulled out of the parking lot, it struck me how much I am like her sometimes in my relationship with the Lord. Life has big events…situations when we know we are in over our heads and we seek Him for direction, wisdom, comfort, and peace. Life is also full of “little things” … those situations that we encounter every day that seem fairly insignificant and easy to manage. Oh how easy it is to get lulled into thinking that we can handle “the little things” on our own.
My encounter with her that morning was a simple reminder of the nature and character of our Heavenly Father. His children are always on His mind, and He lovingly meets each and every need. It also reminded me that I need to rely on Him daily…even in the little things.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)