I don’t know why most kids think toothpaste is some sort of candy to suck on once it has been put on their toothbrush. Anyway, my son knows fully well that once he is done “sucking” the toothpaste off his toothbrush, that is the end of him brushing his teeth and mummy comes to take over.
One fateful evening while he was having his bath, as usual he had sucked out the toothpaste from the brush. He then asked me for more toothpaste. He saw that “Nigerian-mom” look in my eyes that said “we are done brushing” and as I tried to snatch the toothbrush from him to rinse and pack up, he quickly hid his toothbrush to prevent me from taking it from him. I guess in his mind he was saying, “since she won’t give me toothpaste, I might as well manage water to brush my teeth!”
I realized he really wanted to brush his teeth. So I said, “give me the toothbrush let me put toothpaste for you.” I was expecting him to hide his toothbrush knowing from history what his mother was capable of doing. Instead he immediately handed me the toothbrush and went about pouring water on himself, awaiting the arrival of his “refilled” toothbrush.
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His act of trust made me ponder. He actually took my word literarilly. He had “forgotten” that a few seconds ago I was ready to take the toothbrush and end the teeth-brushing activity. He trusted me completely that he just continued what he was doing expecting me to come back with what I said I will bring.
Then the word of God came to me, ‘Jesus however said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them; for it is to those who are childlike that the Kingdom of the Heavens belongs." [Matthew 19:14, WEY]’.
I don’t know what your situation is but today the Lord is telling you to trust Him completely. Whatever word He has spoken to you, take His word literarilly. Just as a child would to his/her parent.
Perhaps you are at a point where you are tired of trusting and waiting due to disappointments and hope deferred. Or perhaps you don’t even have a word to trust Him for. It is never too late to renew your trust in Him. Like the Father in the story of the prodigal son, He is waiting for you with outstretched arms, to talk with you, to speak with you, and to give you reason to trust Him.
Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, O LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You [Psalms 9:10, NIV rephrased].
Have a blessed day.