On regular days, I prefer coming to work extra early in the morning because as much as possible, I want to avoid the unpredictable traffic of C5 during rush hours. Besides that, I also like to taking advantage of the momentary peace and quiet that I get from an empty office at eight in the morning.
Today I arrived in the building just in time when the parents of VCIS students were dropping off their kids for kindergarten class. In the elevator going up to the office, I was joined by few little kids and their teacher on their way to their calisthenics class. One of them was sobbing in tears.
“I want mommy. Mommy left me.” the little boy cried in despair. To the grace and wisdom God has given every grade school teacher, she replied “It’s okay. Mom picks you up everyday after class.”
The boy looked at his teacher and in an instant almost stopped crying. By the time the elevator reached second floor, they got off and I was left with a thought to muster from what I had just witnessed.
I didn’t see the kid again after that. I don’t know if he stopped crying completely. But what I am sure of is that his mom picked him up after his class this morning. I like to think that she did like how she also did yesterday, like how she’s been doing since the classes started in June.
When I was left alone in the elevator, somehow I felt I could relate to the crying kid when I am also being put in a place that’s totally out of my comfort zone. Places when it’s difficult. Places where there is sickness, where there is failure, where there is lack. Places that are tough and hard. Too tough sometimes we’re convinced enough to say “God, you left me!”
But like that teacher to the kid, we need to be reminded. “Isn’t it God picks you up everyday?” We cry out to God thinking He left us when it was just yesterday when He picked us up. How too soon we forget sometimes.
You know who else might be able to relate to the kid? The Israelites.
When God led them to the desert after freeing them from slavery in Egypt, they grumbled. “In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, ‘If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death. (Exodus 16:2-3)”
The same people who walked through Red Sea when God parted it. If there were people who could major in God’s faithfulness and goodness, it’s them. And yet too soon they have forgotten.
Look at the next verse and see if it sounds familiar to you. “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.’ (Exodus 16:4)”
I love how God takes care of us on an every day basis. Whether that for you is through a mom who picks you up after your class or through manna and quail that are enough for the day. He provides not yearly or monthly or weekly, He provides each day. He knows exactly what we need today and He makes sure there is enough provision from Him each day.
And you know, tomorrow, situations around you might tell you otherwise. When it does, don’t forget too soon. Remember how God has pulled you through today. How He has provided for your daily bread. How His mercies were proved to be new this morning. He is faithful every day.
For the elevator to lift you up from ground floor to the second floor wouldn’t take too much time but even in that short span of time God used to teach me a lesson. Sometimes when we are in a difficult situation and we are in need of an assurance of God’s faithfulness in our lives, we often like to look as far back as the last time He performed a miracle for us or the last time He fulfilled a promise. And that is great. Remembering God’s faithfulness is always good.
But today I realize that sometimes we don’t have to look back too far to remember that He is faithful. Because yesterday, when He carried you through the day, is already a clear evidence and an enough reason for you to trust His faithfulness. What He did yesterday, He will certainly do the same today.
Oh the kind of peace you get from that.
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