My daughter and I got to have a day out, just the two of us. She asked if we could go to a chain fast food restaurant for lunch. Even though it was the star, not the arches, I wanted to take her somewhere a little better.
This is my little one who has struggled with anxiety her whole life. She was so sure that lunch was not going to to work out for her this day, or at least not the way she wanted it to. I amazingly was able to trust that God would help me find something special for her, that it would be an opportunity for her to see how He loves and cares for her.
I “happened” to remember a burger place my friend had told me about, where they make their own root beer. I could see my daughter was still skeptical, but she agreed to try it. Turns out, it was the perfect place for our lunch. The root beer was delicious and she proclaimed the fries the best she had ever eaten. There was even an added little treat of a cup of miniature gummy bears with her order.
This all might sound like a very small event, but to my daughter it was huge. God came through again for her, in the midst of her anxiety. Even though this is a daily struggle for my daughter, I very much relate. I can easily slip into fear that God will not come through for me this time. Even though He has been there hundreds of times before, what if this is the day He isn’t?
This is usually the point where God shows up with something even better than I was hoping for and lavishes homemade root beer and gummy bears on me, figuratively speaking! He reminds me that He will NEVER leave me and that He will ALWAYS provide. I was so grateful that my daughter also got another chance that day, to see God’s immense love for her.
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:9-11