It’s so amazing to me how the Lord knows exactly what we need, even when we don’t know ourselves, and our Jehovah Jireh provides before we even know to ask!
That’s what happened to me this last weekend….
I was coming off of 6 weeks of travel and spiritual battles in a space of 2 months, and I was home for the first weekend since mid-April and TIRED. I wanted to do mindless things to find some rest, but I had missed our annual birthday slumber parties for my nieces and nephews which we do every year in pairs to celebrate their birthdays! So, I had my 8 year olds for a slumber party that Friday night. About 2 hours into the slumber party, my nephew Rylan asks, “Aunt Laurie, can we watch the Jesus movie–the part about the crucifixion? I really want to see that.”
There was a history to that request, as last summer on our annual family vacation where our entire Doden clan gets together for the week, I read a missionary story to my 8 nieces and nephews each night and showed them a segment of the Matthew videos, which they all loved. Rylan was completely fascinated with the movies and especially wanted to see the crucifixion. He actually skipped swimming and playing one morning so he could watch that part of the “Jesus” movie. I love his tender heart. I tell him all the time that he’s my “tough guy (he’s ALL boy!) with a sweet heart.”
So, back to the slumber party…. I had promised them we could also watch some “I Love Lucy” episodes with some popcorn, which my niece really wanted to do, so we flipped for which one would happen on Friday night and which one would happen on Saturday morning. Chloe won the flip, so the “Jesus” movie would happen on Saturday morning.
I can’t begin to tell you how the Lord ministered to my heart and soul as I sat with these two precious children, full of child-like faith, with the sun streaming in my windows, watching Jesus give His life for me and call me to follow Him all over again.
Oh, how I need reminders of His love, sacrifice and call on my life, especially when I am battle weary. He reminded me so clearly that I don’t need “mindless” things to bring vitality and life to me, but I need to “come unto me all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.”
I’m so thankful for a child’s request, a movie and a dose of Living Water!!