I’ve been shang-hide lately for toddler duty by the fine staff in the early childhood department of Stonebriar Community Church.
I don’t really mind it too much. I mean what’s a toddler whisperer going to say when asked to watch tots so their parents can worship in big church?
This all started on the first Sunday of the year, which was also January first.
They purchased new tee shirts for the department. Shannon insisted I take one…for the summer months, she said. It was in the 70’s today, but that ain’t summer in Texas.
I told Shannon I felt like I was being drafted into the duty. Now I know I should have a jersey with a big number on it and print my name in the program they hand out to the parents.
There’s only been one Sunday I wasn’t with the kids so far this year.
Mateo really needs Mr. Wade to give him attention when he first arrives. He typically settles down in a couple of minutes.
Isabella got tired again, but she didn’t nod off into a nap as she often does.
Emma and Kate, the twins, settled in pretty quickly, too. Even though some of the other adults wanted to set them on the buggy. After Mr. Wade assured them they’d be fine we were all happy.
Today’s Bible lesson covered the portion of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus talks about worrying, Matthew 6:25-34.
He goes on to say the birds don’t have 401K accounts, yet they survive just fine. The flowers don’t shop at the best stores in the mall, but they’re prettier than anybody.
Don’t worry. That’s my paraphrase, not something the church adheres to.
I think about those verses often whenever I run in Archgate Park. Last October we had a fantastic migration of Monarch butterflies moving through.
There’s some native growing plants that were loaded with flowers at the time. Those bugs tanked up on the nectar so they could continue on their trek to Mexico.
One week later the plants that were blooming for the bugs had gone to seed. Not to worry, though. God had the plants that were still green the previous week in full bloom.
That was extremely handy since there were at least three times as many butterflies at the park.
I just smiled and thanked God for proving His faithfulness yet again.
God has had me on a manna diet for quite a while now. The driving jobs that were plentiful around Christmas are drying up. My bank accounts are low, but I’m not worried. Jesus says He’s got me covered.
How about you? Are you sweating the details of your life?
Don’t think you can’t make changes to help your situation out. I’m planning on implementing some business tactics that I hope will get me out from behind the wheel of an eighteen wheeler soon.
When the publisher I was using to print my books closed their doors I didn’t fret then either. I was frustrated, but I know God’s timing isn’t for those books to come out now.
An interesting thing just happened at the Super Bowl. The team that won was only in the lead at the end of the game.
Don’t give up, my friend. If you’re still walking the face of this earth God has a plan for you.
He’ll provide what you need in His time. And it will be glorious, just like the flowers and birds.
Keep smiling. Wade