Avery climbed into the car, tossed her book bag over the seat and we began the long, monotonous drive home from school. Most days I wished we lived just a few minutes down the road ; however, the ride this afternoon would soon prove to be a blessing in disguise!
Pulling out of the parking lot I asked, “How was your day, honey?”
But instead of answering with her usual carefree spirit, her tiny voice trembled as she exclaimed, “Terrible! I was so stressed out I couldn’t even focus on the review lesson for the English test.”
“Why, what happened?” I asked.
“All I could think about was lunch and how upset “someone” was going to be if I didn’t sit at his end of the lunch table. I didn’t even want to go to lunch, and I dreaded the bell ringing”, she exclaimed.
“Oh honey, I am so sorry,” I said. Avery is very much a people pleaser and doesn’t like for anyone to be upset with her. I knew she had been experiencing a little peer pressure during lunch, but I didn’t realize just how much.
Responding slightly calmer, she said, “That’s ok, mom…I know this is so silly, but I can’t help it. I could feel all of this stress rising up inside of me. I didn’t know what else to do so, I decided to get my Bible out and see if I could find any scriptures on friendship. Mrs. Patton didn’t see me, I promise! I looked up Proverbs 18:24, and Mom, as soon as I read the words in that verse, I felt this amazing feeling come over me. I have never felt anything like that before”, she explained.
I knew the “word” she was searching for, so I simply said, “Peace?”
“Yes! Mom, that’s what it was, and it was so cool!” smiling as though she was recalling the moment. “Then I prayed and asked God to help me know what to do at lunch. And guess what, Mom?” she said.
“What?” I asked.
“When we got to the lunchroom, Sam told me he wouldn’t be mad if I didn’t sit at his end of the lunch table today. I was so shocked…. I really think God worked everything out because I prayed and asked for His help.”
My heart overflowed with joy as I processed the fact that Avery chose to turn to God’s Word for help and even more so that she could feel His presence. However, His faithfulness to answer a little girl’s prayer over something so simple was really the icing on the cake!
As a mom it breaks my heart when one of my kids is hurt or disappointed, but I am also thankful for the invaluable lessons that they learn (and teach me…lol) during those times:))
Lord help me choose to reach for your Word and cast my cares on you, no matter how small or silly they may seem. I know you care about every detail of our lives ..even peer pressure at the middle school lunch table.
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
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