"Daddy, I'm Strong and Brave..."
Updated: Sep 15, 2020
My daughter started kindergarten this year, and needless to say it has been a tough transition for her. She is a very strong-willed five-year-old, and does not adapt well to change. Since COVID came to wreck our worlds this past March, my daughter was pulled from daycare and has stayed at home with us. Her having to depart and go to school has definitely been challenging these last few weeks. But this morning I tried a different approach. I picked her up in my arms and held her as tight as I could, and told her that I understand she is nervous about school. I then sat her down and looked her in the eyes and cited a scripture that is mentioned in a few different spots in the word of God; I reminded her to be strong and courageous (because she is five I used the word brave), and I told her that God is with her wherever she goes.
I asked her to show me her muscles and reminded her that she is a strong girl. I then told her to go into her class this morning, and to try not to cry when Mommy has to leave. This afternoon she walked in the door, and the first thing she did was tell me, "Daddy, when I got to school today I kept saying in my head that I am strong and brave..." My eyes immediately filled with tears. I was so happy that first of all, what I told her that morning had a lasting impact on her. I was also happy because my daughter started to grasp something that many of us adults have a hard time grasping: to be strong and brave despite our circumstances. The fact of the matter is that the scripture I am referring to is mentioned several places, and I believe it is repeated for our benefit (Deut 31:6; Joshua 1:6 & 9; 1 Chronicles 28:20). We must be reminded in our daily walks to be strong and courageous. Why? Because The Lord our God is with us wherever we go.
As I continued to consider the conversation I just had with my daughter after she came home, my spirit became quickened. I thought how often does our Heavenly Father have to pick us up, wipe the tears from our eyes, and remind us to be strong and brave? And I am so glad He does! We need that kind of relationship with our God. I need that in my daily life! Our parenthood can be such a similar comparison between God's fatherhood over us. And I am so glad that He is there for us to remind us what His word has to say, and the promises He declares over His children. Aren't you?
I pray that each and every one of us reading this blog will one day enter into the Father's house and be able to say: ”Daddy, I was strong and brave because You were with me!"