After another long week of first grade, Noah was discussing his difficulty trying to achieve “green” and not talking during class time and not getting so tired and frustrated and wanting to “just come home.” It was bedtime and our usual time for discussing matters of the heart. I was just listening and letting him talk. After interjecting, “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” into his monologue several times, he slowed the pace of his words a little and lifted his tired little eyes to mine and said, “I know what I’m going to do…I’m going to trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not to my own understanding. In all my ways I will acknowledge Him, and He will make my paths straight.”
Noah attends a Christian school, and each week they have portions of the Bible they are encouraged to commit to memory and recite to their teacher on Fridays. This portion of scripture was Noah’s to remember this week. I thought of all the long, hard days in the classroom and the fatigue and thoughts from it that most teachers surely must sometimes have. I just bet they wonder, “is any of this sinking in?” “How much good am I doing?” “Are we accomplishing what we are aiming to accomplish?” And here, this tired little child, in the midst of his pondering seemed to land solidly on a truth as if for the first time of recognizing the meaning of the words he had been repeating for days, and there he found comfort and a clear plan for the days ahead. He lay his little head on the pillow and slept soundly until the sun of a new day arose shining with the mercies of heaven and the promise of strength for all he would face.
Friday was great and Noah received a sticker for correctly saying his Bible verses. If only that sweet teacher knew that Noah had received a far greater reward the night before as the truth of scripture rose from his heart and mind and gave a comfort that only God can give, even to the life of a child.
May we all be blessed and encouraged by the gifts of God’s grace and the presence of His Word and His Holy Spirit as we face each day with a grateful heart!