This simple truth

Every day after lunch, our preschool students take a nap. Well, most of them. I set out the cots, and then the teacher hands out their nap stuff while they take turns going to the bathroom. The teacher who I work with has it down to a science. However, sometimes it can be a challenge when you have little ones who don’t want to cooperate! And what I mean by that is some of those littles can be very talkative when it’s time to be quiet. It’s like they have something important to say all of a sudden – you know, like they have a scratch on their hand or their sock is twisted. Haha. You get the point!

One day last week, the little ones were really wound up. It’s rare that we have to tell them that they can’t talk at all, but this day was the one. After instructing them that there would be 0 talking, I heard a couple whispering behind me. When I turned around to look at them, (hoping that would be enough), one boy informed me who was whispering. I assured him that I already knew. “You guys, I KNOW your voices. Even though I don’t see you, I KNOW who is talking.” ~ Silence…..

During my lunch hour that day, I thought about the stunned reaction I witnessed when they heard me say those words. I can’t read minds, however, I’m almost certain they now think I have eyes on the back of my head. lol. That simple truth that I recognized their voice seemed to make a huge difference and they both were quickly doing what they were supposed to be doing.

Maybe we need that reminder, too. Because God isn’t visible , we seem to think we can get by with whatever our heart desires. Sometimes we justify our actions — been there? Or perhaps we behave like a preschool student and place blame on someone else. “Well, Johnny is doing it, too! He started it!” The difference is, God not only knows our voice — He knows our heart. What a game changer.

This season, I’m not giving up anything for Lent. I’m giving more – more effort to get to know the One who saved me. The One who forgives me. Truly loves me. Lifts me up when I’ve fallen. Thank you, Jesus.

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” ~ Psalm 119:11

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