Spiritual truths from my children — and Big Foot

While my job as a mom includes teaching my kids spiritual lessons and Biblical truths, I am surprised at how often they actually teach me something instead. Just this week I learned something from each of them at different times on the same day.

I was scurrying around making dinner after our usual after school busyness of getting home, doing homework, emptying lunch boxes and packing lunch for the next day. It was the night of the week we have to eat early before they have gymnastics and parkour classes. It was also a night I was flying solo because my husband was helping his parents. I was cracking some eggs to make egg sandwiches (super gourmet, I know! LOL) when my mind started wandering.

I excel at being anxious and getting ahead of myself. I started down the path of worrying about what-ifs and all sorts of fun thoughts like that. My daughter came over to show me an image she’d made. She recently got the Bible app on one of her electronics and has enjoyed the daily verse. That afternoon she realized she could click a button and make an image of it.

She came up beside me at the stove and showed me her image of 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (NIV) She went on to tell me that she really liked that verse and thought of how true it was that God is so big and strong even when we are so weak. Then she skipped off to play a game.

I flipped the eggs and realized she was right. The stuff I was worrying about? God is bigger than it. All of it. I don’t need to worry. I am weak, but He is so very strong.

Later that evening, I took my son to his lesson, and we chatted in the car on the way there and home about Big Foot. He has worried a few times about the existence of Big Foot after a video he watched months ago. I assured him a few times that Big Foot really doesn’t exist. We talked about how people imagine things and make mistakes. We even talked about if Big Foot somehow does exist, he doesn’t live anywhere near us and the city.

Yet, a few minutes after I got him tucked into bed, I heard his door open. Sure enough, he was worried about Big Foot. I reminded him of all we had talked about. I told him I could promise 1,000 percent that he didn’t need to worry about Big Foot. He agreed, but wasn’t quite confident enough to be alone. He asked if I’d sit in his room for a bit. I told him I’d stay for a moment and sing him a song, which usually helps him settle in.

First I said I’d sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” but then I changed my mind. I told him instead I was singing “Jesus Loves Me” to help him remember that Jesus is bigger and stronger than Big Foot, even though Big Foot doesn’t exist and Jesus does. We talked about that for a minute about how big Jesus is. My son mentioned that Jesus died, and we talked about how excited the bad guys must have been until He rose again on the third day and showed them He can’t be defeated. (As a 5-year-old boy, my son is very much loves scenarios when bad guys are defeated.) So, I sang the song, added in “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” listened to his version of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and then left his room.

Boom. Just like that I realized that my son and I were alike. While it seems silly to me to worry about Big Foot, who doesn’t exist, how silly it must seem to God for me to worry about things that haven’t happened and might not even happen. And the same thing that comforted my son is the same thing I need to remember: Jesus is bigger than all of it. He is bigger and stronger. He is on it, and I have nothing to fear. I have nothing to worry about.

I can tell you I was left that evening knowing God was teaching me a lesson I was living like I had forgotten: He is bigger than everything, and I need to trust Him. I need to give my worry and anxiety to Him — sometimes over and over and over because I am so very good at picking it back up again.

I can also promise you that whatever is you’re facing, whatever you’re worried about, whatever you’re scared of, Jesus is bigger than it all. He is bigger and stronger than Big Foot. He is victorious! He has defeated death and the grave. Nothing is bigger than that. Nothing is more impossible than that. We just have to let it go and trust. We can lay our burdens on His shoulders and know He can bear them when we surely cannot. Be reminded of that today just like I was this week. Bask in His power, His love, His victory and His grace.

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