Hugs from God
This morning I woke up feeling gloomy, not exactly the way I wanted to start the day. I was tired from a restless night and not really looking forward to the busy morning. I wanted to stay in bed a little longer but it is not an option for me as the children pastor has a long list of duties she needs to attend to.
As I walked into the quiet foyer of the church, I was greeted by this young girl who gave me a big hug and a chocolate bar tied with pretty ribbons. I certainly have not expected that , and the morning started to look a lot better.
An hour later I found myself standing in front of a group of animated children and getting ready to teach the lesson on God’s mercy. Oh, how I needed an extra portion of grace and mercy this morning. The children were particularly spirited, the boys were pushing each other and the girls were chatting loudly and playing with each other’s hair, I wondered out loud how much sugar they had ingested for breakfast this morning. This group of super charged children was a little challenging, and just about that moment, a girl seated in the front row looked at me with her big eyes and said ” I am praying for you!”. Out of the mouth of the babe, the words I needed to hear. After the children finally settled down, the lesson went as well as could be, I only had to stop a few times to get a boy to sit still on his chair and reminded a handful of them to listen.
The rest of morning was relatively uneventful, with only a couple of complaints and concerns; a baby who cried non stop and a child who decided to walk out of the classroom to look for his mom. Just a typical morning for Children’s Ministry. And as I walked out of the building, a mom handed me a hand-made card from her daughter, as I read it tears welled up in my eyes, for her words have reminded me the reason for all these:
” Thank you for teaching us.”
Even life is challenging at times, and my problems are weighing me down, they are never too big for my God. He has reminded me this morning how much He loves me, and has me in His heart, and my name engraved on the palm of His hand. He has sent me so many hugs this morning with those little arms…..and even as I am writing this at the end of the day, I can still feel those little arms around me, and my heart is filled with gratitude.
I am so humbled by His amazing love.