You know, sometimes the Lord shows me a big thing using a little thing. This morning, that little thing was my six year old.
In the craziness of a Monday morning rush to school, we hit a bump in the routine when we couldn’t track down her backpack. Now we have a hard time around here keeping track of shoes for five kiddos, pairs of socks, and the obligatory runaway puzzle piece. But keeping track of backpacks…we usually have that one down. They have a hook, they go on the hook. End of story…usually.
So, back to this morning. The baby has gotten herself out of her crib and is making her way around the kitchen, my 4 year old is telling me about his train dream, my oldest is having a conversation about whether he needs a jacket or not for the chilly morning, and my seven year old is heading for the backyard to soak in the chilliness. I am trying to finish up the lunches.
In the middle of all of this activity, my 6 year old announces that her backpack is nowhere to be found. As you can guess, we are already a little behind schedule, so I start recruiting the other kids to help her track it down.
“Not in the car!” “Not in the game room!” “It’s not in the other car!” The reports coming back were not looking good. I was feeling the tension that always accompanies this kind of “one more thing to take care of” when I saw my 6 year old suddenly fall to the ground. I glance over, ready to run and get the ice when I realize that she hasn’t “fallen fallen”, she has fallen to her knees to pray. There she was in the middle of the chaos and tension, on her little knees, her tiny little hands folded in her lap, and her hair in her face as she bowed her head to silently ask the Lord to help her find her backpack.
Wow, was I humbled. Time even froze there for a minute. I’ve told them many times that even if we can’t find something, the Lord knows where it is, and we can ask Him. I’ve prayed with them when we were looking for something, but to see one so little figure out on her own Who can help her, is an amazing sight to see, and I am so glad the Lord used one so little to remind me that He is here in the big and little things of life.
Oh, and the backpack? We found it. God is good.