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Nursery Lessons

Realizing how the Lord provides strength

  • Author: By Emilie Vinson
  • Credits: Illustration by RADIO
  • Published: February 22, 2013

Toys covered the floor of the nursery at church, while a dozen toddlers played together. I spend time with them on Sunday mornings so their parents can hear the pastor's message.

Some children spend only a few minutes sad after their parents drop them off, and a hug or a toy brightens them right back up.

As one mother headed to the service, a little redheaded boy burst into tears. I scooped him up, and we sat cross-legged on the floor for a while. His comfort gone, he refused to be consoled.

As I rubbed his back, he leaned against me. A sniffle here and there betrayed his quiet tears. In a moment of surrender and exhaustion, he laid his little head on my shoulder and sighed.

His reaction reminded me of my relationship with God. When my life takes and unexpected turn, or when my timing and God's timing are different, I often respond like the little boy. Inwardly, I arch my back and pound my fists. I don't surrender until I've worn myself out from pushing against the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5 says, "Trust the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding." Rather than surrendering and leaning into the strength God provided after I've used up all my energy fighting against Him, I want trust to become my first response. I want to learn to lean into Him and rest just where I am: safe in His arms.

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