Friday, April 13, 2012

Childlike Faith

As everyone who reads my blog knows, I love keeping my niece's little girl, Ainsley. She brightens my world every time I keep her, and I kept her Tuesday night. It was only for a few hours, but it was packed with fun.

Around 8:30, her mom sent me a text saying that she would be at my house soon. Ainsley and I were sitting in the middle of the living room floor. She was dumping Cheerios out of a bowl as fast as I could put them in. We were laughing and being silly, and in the midst of our silliness, I heard a faint tapping on the front door. As faint as it was, it still frightened Ainsley, and she immediately raised her little arms for me to take her, her face very troubled, indeed. Of course, I gathered her close and whispered that her mommy was at the door. She felt safe in my arms and a smile quickly followed.

As they backed down the driveway, I waved goodbye and thought of how much like little Ainsley I had been over the past two weeks. Frightened by an unexpected knock at the door, you might say. Overwhelmed by situations I couldn't control. And how, during my emotional days of anxious thinking, I had reached out to God, needing assurance that he was with me and I was safe.

He didn't disappoint, of course. Like the good Father he is, he took me in his arms and whispered peace to my troubled soul. No, I can't know what tomorrow will bringwhether sunshine, clouds or rainbut I do know that God is with me, and that's enough for me to know. ♦

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee." - Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)


  1. Such a beautiful baby girl! Touching post :)

  2. What a wonderful analogy! Thank God He is always there for us! What a little doll she is! Have a good week-end!

  3. I've been missing your posts. They are always great and I need them!

  4. she's adorable and it's amazing what we learn from kids. Great analogy.

  5. She's adorable! Isn't it wonderful the lessons God can teach us through children? Thanks for sharing this one!

  6. There are times when we too are afraid to go deeper in God. Something holds us back and it is fear of the unknown. May we seek Him for all He offers us.

  7. Such a cute little girl. I'm glad you get to enjoy her company, and her yours. The knock at the door reminded me of when someone comes to our door now. It always causes a little alarm until I know who it is. A neighbor came to our door just a few minutes ago to deliver some mail that had been put in her mailbox by mistake.
    Thank you for sharing your lesson learned.

  8. You captured the perfect face to illustrate this post, too. She looks so sweet and small and trusting.

    I love the analogy, and I understand what you're saying all too well.

    I understand your sister with the traveling pants is headed home. Hope the next knock you hear at the door is hers. (Of course, she probably just barges right in. She's so pushy, that Dayle.)

    And just so you know, I still lift your family.

    1. Thank you, Debbie. Our family needs lifting up. Daddy is despondent since his doctor visit Monday. He can start "walking" again, but it is too painful for now. He really needs prayer that he will fiind peace in this storm.