by Lauren Thornhill
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. I Corinthians 15:58 NKJV
“Down, Nolan!” I cried out to my toddler student who had gripped the top of the toy shelf and had propped his feet on the second level.
I couldn’t stop his Tarzan-like abilities. I had one hand on another boy’s stomach to keep him from crawling off the changing table and erratically waved the other at Nolan. He smiled wickedly but obeyed. After I finished changing everyone, I lingered behind the changing table, half-hiding from the storm of boys. I was scared of making mistakes.
I was a full-time college student and a part-time daycare teacher. The Christmas season had come but the real Christmas spirit wasn’t in me. Only caring for toddlers and passing finals mattered, until I heard my favorite Christmas song play over the chaos: “Kadosh” by Beckah Shae. (Listen here) The song reminded me of all that He had done for me and how insignificant my struggles were in comparison.
Immediately I felt God’s love overtake my fear and fill me with courage. Tears filled my eyes and I jumped in the middle of my students, telling each one how much I loved them.
Mighty God, help me to never forget Your love and sacrifice in the weight of life’s difficulties, and to express Your love in my actions.