Caleb, our baby in the family who is almost 3 years old, was worried. Caleb had a long nap so he was amped up before bed on Wednesday night. Amanda was talking to him about the next day going to coop with the older kids and him going to his classes. The week before he had not done well, crying and not wanting to leave Amanda’s side. But he had been upset that he didn’t get to stay with his friends and get his snack. So he was jumping around in his room telling his friends not to leave. He didn’t want the teacher leaving and he wanted to make sure he got his snack.
We got him up and let him relax a bit by watching a show, but he kept worrying about the next day. He would count off his classes on his fingers and what he was going to be doing. He would ramble on about his friends and his snack. We couldn’t make sense of most of it, but he was worried and excited. We finally got him to sleep around 11:00 after having to make him not get out of bed.
The coop the next day went wonderful for him. He stayed in class without crying, got his snack, and none of his friends ran out on him!
As parents, we knew his worries were needless and unprofitable, but in his mind it was real. Remind you of anything? It is like Amanda asked me, “How often does God think the same about us as our parent?” We fret and worry, staying up late, or waking up early with things on our minds, when God is thinking “this is no big deal!” God wants us to trust him, but it is tough for us immature kids to do that isn’t it?
“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:30–33 ESV)