It is a wonderful thing to know that God is looking out for you! A story is told about a little boy whose name was Dallas Willard. As a child he lost his mother. He writes about a little boy whose mom also died. Every night he toddled into his dad's room to ask if he could sleep with him. Only when his father promised to sleep with his face turned towards him, did the little guy feel safe enough to doze off.
My granddaughter Jayla was 14 months old when her mom passed. I remember my son-in-law, Jamus telling me that there were times when she would toddle into their bedroom looking for Danielle. I can't imagine her feelings and the emotions that she felt upon not seeing her in the bed; as that is where she spent most of her time when she was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer. Knowing my son-in-law as I do, I'm certain there were many nights that Jayla found herself lying in bed next to her Dad, with his face toward her, comforting and perhaps singing her to sleep. He was the loving "Father" she got to know as the comforter and one who brought peace to her unsuspecting life at that time. Toddlers are not sophisticated to know about the circumstances that have transpired that have tuned the adults in their lives topsy turvy.
They eventually go with the flow and learn to adjust to changes in their environment, especially when they are tenderly nurtured in a godly, loving, home with multiple support from other caring family and friends.
One my pet peeves is; I dislike it when I am addressing an individual and the person is looking away from me. That disturbs me and it is disrespectful. I particularly am bothered by it when the individual is a child! I would always insist that my children and my students look at me when I was speaking to them or reprimanding them. But I have come to find out that adults often do the same thing! I was addressing someone last week about why they did not return my calls or text. The entire time that I was talking that person's face was turned away from me. This was not a stranger, this was someone I had a long standing relationship with.
Most of us agree that we can get along with a stranger that doesn't speak, but when it is someone you have poured you life into and have had a friendship with for a good while, it can be quite unsettling and disturbing when they turn their face and back on you. I checked to see if there was some offense that I had created and the individual said there wasn't. So I told them I would be praying for them and took my leave.
Willard writes: "We can get by with a God who doesn't speak. Many of us at least think we do. But it's not much of a life, and it's certainly not the life God intends or the abundant life Jesus came to make available.
Moses prayed, "The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." Isn't it wonderful to know God watches over us, guides and protects us 24/7? In fact, the most common promise in Scripture isn't about salvation or heaven. No, the most frequent promise in the Bible is, "I will be with you" (Jos 1:5 NKJV). It's the one God made to Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Mary and Paul. And it's the one that kept them going! David said, "Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me" (Psalm 23:4 NLT). God was constantly reminding His people that He was with them through the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, the manna in the wilderness, and the pillar of cloud and fire that went before them. Just like He's reminding you and me today. "don't be afraid or discouraged....the Lord....is with you" (Jos 1:9 NLT).
We can be assured that God is looking out for you and me. Listen to this Scripture in its entirety: "The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee" The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."