Whither shall I go from thy spirit?
or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
Kassie was four when she went to church with Grandpa and me on a Sunday evening. Since this is not her home church, I sensed she was endeavoring to find her place. Questions like “Will I be accepted here?” and “Will the children like me?” seemed written in every part
of her behavior.
After a few minutes of active play with the children after church, I again realized that Kassie appeared to be struggling. I said to her, “Let’s go sit in the van awhile and visit.”
When we got to the van she shared her fears about whether the children would enjoy her. She talked about her friends, her desire for more friends and how thankful she was for her family friends.
I shared with Kassie that when she’s in a new place and unsure about other children that she can always remember that Jesus is right beside her. I explained, “Jesus is very gentle and just holding your hand.”
Through tiny tears, Kassie shared that she wishes she could see Jesus. “I can just never see him,” she confessed. Hummm, I pondered, It must be difficult for a small child to grasp the presence of Jesus at a time when they feel alone.
But Kassie will continue to hear the truth that Jesus is right beside her even when she‘s in new places. And one day, I trust she’ll grasp the reality of His presence in her lonely times and receive His comfort.
Prayer: Father God, I bless You for the truth that You are right beside Kassie wherever she goes. Would You please continue to establish this truth in her heart? Amen.
Ponder: I believe as grandmothers and mothers come along beside little children during uncertain times, they begin to see Jesus. Does one of
your children or grandchildren need Jesus’ presence in a specific way today?
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