Since Aug 2011, I have worked in the Preschool department at my church. For a while, I was considered a “floater”. I was just put where I was needed each Sunday. Several months into it, I was finally made the official Squirrel room teacher (the theme for our preschool department is Noah’s Ark. So, each room has a different animal name). These children are basically your older 1 year olds (starting at about 14 months) to your 2 year olds.
I thoroughly enjoy each Sunday in this room working with these children. They are an absolute joy! They always make me laugh and smile. I look forward to seeing them each Sunday. There’s no place I’d rather be on a Sunday morning. There are those who have a rougher time when starting out in my room. Those that when Mommy and Daddy hand them over they start crying. Some are easier to comfort (and distract:) than others. One of the insticts, at least for me, that kick in during those moments is to tell them “Mommy and Daddy haven’t left you… Mommy is coming back…Daddy is coming back”. For these children, you have to prove to them that Mommy and Daddy are coming back. As they learn that, their crying and distress due to separation diminishes. Soon, they will begin to run to the gate and even start trying to climb over it out of excitement to come and play.
After a while of doing this, I began to think about our relationship with God. How at times we go through these struggles and walk through these valleys and sometimes wonder where God is at. “God where are you? Why aren’t you doing anything!?” Then God leads us to the other side into victory and we look back and see how God was there in the trenches and how loving and good He was. Then years or even months or days later we walk through another valley or the Enemy comes and attacks us again and sometimes we find ourselves in the same place. Sometimes, I think His heart would scream “Haven’t I proven to you yet that I am here? Haven’t I proven to you that I will come to you? That I will help you? Haven’t I always brought you through? Look back at how far I have carried you.”
Our Daddy will come to you. He hasn’t left you. Your Help is on His way. He will come like He promised.
A couple of days ago, I started thinking about this concept again, and I remembered a time a couple of years ago or so on a Sunday night while I was doing childcare in the Elephant room when a little girl (about 2 1/2 to 3 years old) came in a little upset. She wasn’t crying, but she was defintely sad. Just minutes after she came in, as I was holding her, she looked right at me and asked: “Mommy’s coming back?” and I replied “Yes. Mommy’s coming back”. Then she asked me “Daddy’s coming back?” and I replied “Yes. Daddy’s coming back too.”
I didn’t have to tell her that her Mommy and Daddy was coming back like I do my younger ones in the morning. Being older, she reassured herself that Mommy and Daddy was coming back. It reminded me of what Paul said “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways” (1 Cor 13:11).
For my younger children on Sunday mornings, I have to tell them in these distressing times that Mommy and Daddy are coming back and haven’t left them. But like this almost 3 year old, who has matured, she learned that Mommy and Daddy were coming back but needed to reassure herself. I didn’t tell her that her mommy and daddy were coming back. She told herself. In other words, those who may be young in the faith might come to those times where they ask those questions, but I think sometimes we get stuck there. There’s many people who have been on this journey for years and still find themselves at this place over and over (I would be included in this). As we journey with Jesus, we need to come to a place where we mature in Christ as He continuously proves Himself to us, to be able to reassure ourselves and know that “My Daddy’s coming for me. Jesus hasn’t left me. He will come. He will come like He promised. He will carry my through”.
There’s nothing wrong with those times of questions. We all I’m sure at some point have asked those questions. In 2013, I think I’ve asked one of two of those questions, and I’ve been on this journey with Jesus for several years, but I believe that God wants to bring us to levels of maturity where we have the security like my kids on Sunday mornings get over time as it is continuously proven to them to know that in those difficult times God is coming. He hasn’t forsaken me. He will come. My Help is on His way.
photo courtesy (without text): my cousin Corey