Lunch Date with God

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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2 Comments On This Topic
  1. Melody Dillard
    on Mar 5th at 1:07 pm

    Thanks!

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  2. margaret shell
    on Mar 7th at 8:37 pm

    i know how important it is for a parent to help your child cope with a problem they’re confronted with,but no greater blessing will you receive than to “hear” your child share how they chose to turn to God for their answer and to realize our children to pay attention when we talk or when they watch us handle our problems. i believe that God will only be as important to our children as they “see” He is to us. This is a wonderful testimony for Avery and her parents!

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