Recently, my six year old daughter had her tonsils removed. Before that happened though, she had a sleep study to determine how much of an effect her “enormous” tonsils were having on the quality of her sleep. It was bad enough to require a trip to the ear, nose, and throat specialist. He looked at her tonsils, and just said, “Wow”. I remember listening to the doctor describe the procedure for her tonsil surgery to us and thinking maybe she shouldn’t hear some of this because he’s scaring me, and I’m not even having the surgery!
Leading up to the surgery she asked lots of questions, got a little scared a few times, but her mommy and I were always there to assure her that everything was going to be ok. We told her the doctor had done this lots of times before, that she would sleep better and feel better afterwards, and it would all be worth it. The night before the surgery she couldn’t wait to go to bed so she could get up the next morning and go get her tonsils out. I on the other hand spent most of the night before having an almost continuous conversation with God about keeping my baby girl safe–please, oh please don’t let anything happen to her!
The morning of the surgery we were brought back to the prep area to get her ready: dressed in her hospital gown, vitals taken, and special instructions. She was so unbelievably BRAVE, and I was on the edge of tears because of worry! She’s sitting there happy as can be, without a worry in the world, coloring a picture of Ariel, the little Mermaid!
As I was sitting in the waiting room praying AGAIN, it hit me! The reason she was so brave is because she COMPLETELY TRUSTED her parents. When we told her not to be afraid, that everything would be okay, she BELIEVED us. How amazing is that! I get reminded of how important it is to trust in God by my six year old daughter!
God tells us not to be afraid 365 times in the Bible. He tells us to trust Him for ALL of our needs. I think sometimes, as an adult, we are so tainted by our so called “knowledge” of things that we forget that God can be trusted even in the smallest of things. We just need to remember….every single day! And sometimes that reminder comes from the unlikeliest of places. I love being a daddy!!!
And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:30-33 NLT