Meanderings: I had dinner with a close friend this weekend. We had not seen each other for a couple of months, so this was a special occasion. I was so thankful to finally spend time together.
But there was one problem…She wasn’t there.
I mean she was physically there, but she had so much on her mind she was mentally absent. Her worries shadowed her delicate features and each time I looked at her I could actually “see” the stress hanging onto her shoulders.
So rather than run the gambit of girl talk and silliness like we always do, I leaned in and asked her about her troubles. Too much on her plate, a sick and elderly mother, running the house with 3 teenagers in three schools, a hubby who needed to be out of town a lot…and on and on… sound familiar?
Crooked paths: It doesn’t always take a major incident in our lives for us to crumble, in fact, I sometimes think that it is the drip drip drip of life’s little troubles that can pile up into a perfect storm. So we discussed, we chewed, we even stewed and just when we were working ourselves into a gale wind, God showed up. Yup. He sent my friend a text. Here it is below:
He’s funny like that – He likes to show up and show off His extravagant love for His children. He knew His daughter was stressing, so He prompted another one of His daughters, the one I call Sophia, to lovingly send the above scriptures.
Straight Paths: As I watched my friend open the text and read, her big brown eyes glistened and she nodded in agreement. The storm passed. God’s encouragement was just the right reminder to calm the waters and sooth the soul…
Here is the amazing thing – you want to know where that text came from? From a young teenage girl to her mother. Thoughtful, timely and filled with much more wisdom than we were using. Remember – we adults were just sitting around kvetching.
Jesus has very high opinions of children. Is it any wonder? The heart of a child has the capacity to strip away the noise and see life directly without the grays. Sophia sensed sadness in her mom. Knowing the source of truth and peace – found in God’s word – she did the right thing…she reminded her mom too. Sophia’s actions speak to me as well – as it is faith like a child that simply and gladly believes (and takes action).
Jesus calls all of us to do the same. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
Blessings on you Sweet Sophia. Thanks for the reminder.
All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. Isaiah 54:3
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14