Last night when I put the girls to bed, Molly started to cry and said she was sad. I listened and talked to her for a few minutes, and then suggested she get her journal and write down to God what she was sad about. Later, when she was asleep I went in and peeked at her journal. (I know, I know. And I’ll quit when she is older. But for now, she’s 6 and I was curious.) I had to choke back the tears when I read it.
In case you can’t read it, here is what it says (leaving the spelling errors as only a 6 year old can make them)…
“Dear God help me not be sad evrey neit.
Dear God help me not just in the neit.”
Help me, not just in the night. How many times I have needed to pray that prayer. When I feel inadequate. When I know I’ve blown it and have to go apologize. When I’m scared at what the future holds. When life just keeps piling on.
“But I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice….Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:16, 17 & 22
I’m so glad Molly knows she can ask God for help “not just in the neit”. And I’m even more glad we have a God who wants to hear from His children. So what’s on your heart that you need to tell God about, even if you’re reading this in the middle of the day?