I’m going to share a little story from my spring break so far. I’ve had the privilege of babysitting 4 children who I’ve come to see as great kids. There are 2 girls and 2 boys. I’m going to give them code names because well, I care about their identity and adventurous souls, really. So for the sake of it, B is the oldest boy, J is the oldest girl, P is the younger girl and L is the younger boy.
I’ve had so much fun with these kids! I never had to worry about keeping them entertained; they sure know how to make something out of the simple things in life. Take Mac and cheese for example. Ok, it’s honesty hour.. I’ve never made stove top macaroni. Yikes. How embarrassing!! It was quite an experience with them. We got through it together and their house is still intact so yeah, rock on.
The youngest boy, L is likely to paint the town or heck, build a new town. He likes to invent stuff, all four of them do. If he ends up being a millionaire with his entrepreneurial skills, don’t panic.. I will give you his card! Ha!
There was one specific incident that really struck my heart… I’m one to see things from a completely different point of view than “normal” people. I am not your average teenager.
B and L wondered off to the bathroom to wash up after playing in the mud for nearly 3 hours. Lawd have mercy. I was making my famous PB&J at the time.. Then suddenly I hear a door slam and L runs to the kitchen screaming his lungs out to the point where his face resembles a strawberry. I have never seen a face so red and a child so upset. Immediately, I put down the peanut-buttered knife and ran to see what the commotion was all about.. I asked L what happened as I hugged him ever so softly. Hugs can fix everything, right? L replied, “B turned the light off on me and shut the door.” As he said this he completely leaned on me as if I had superpowers to make him feel better. Maybe I did.. The hug might have done the trick.
Five minutes later, his red face no longer appeared red. Whew! He was out and about; so eager to down his PB&J. Once everyone was served, I couldn’t help but think about L and how he was just so upset 5 minutes ago. It was still light outside which was beneficial at the time, but turning off the lights on someone is actually a bigger deal than expected. Especially when you trusted that person to be your light; to guide you and lead the way when life gets dark.
Unfortunately, people will hurt you and they will leave you in the darkness. It’s the sad truth. It’s important to find people worth hurting for but just please don’t settle or make yourself smaller for their own preferences. Be yourself and for the love of mac & cheese, create your own light. Personally, I have found light within myself which is awesome but my everlasting light is beyond this world. God provides my light. Allowing Him to be my guide and strength was the best things I’ve ever done. I believe if you “let go and let God” the darkness doesn’t seem so dark. He will provide strength for the day and light for the way. So when the sun is not shining, rely on the Son to take control. His light is far brighter than any light humans eyes have ever seen. I find comfort in that and I pray you do too.
Thank you for reading today! I appreciate ya!!! And I just want you to know that you matter and you are enough, in case you didn’t know. Today is a new day and I’m just encouraging you to find the light or choose to be the light for someone else. It’s so worth it! YOU are worth it. Love ya & shine on. ❤️