by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff
Isn’t it interesting how we can remember significant moments in our lives? I remember like it was yesterday this story about our son Jeffrey when he was young because it continues to teach me a powerful truth.
Jeffrey came home from school, requested to use my office and computer, and then hurried upstairs to begin his important task. His request was so adorable that I agreed and stepped away to allow him the privacy to do what he wanted.
As I walked by my office and glanced into the room, I saw his one finger was busily punching keys on the computer keyboard. “Don’t look!” he shouted as I walked by. The next thing I heard was the sound of the printer. I looked in and saw my seven-year-old concentrating intently as he carefully cut the paper that had shot out of the printer. I could hear the sound of the tape dispenser as he pulled out several pieces of tape and snapped them off. Finally, there was the sound of little feet running into my bedroom. Then he closed the door behind him.
Moments later, when he emerged from the bedroom, he smiled from ear to ear. “Go into your bedroom,” he commanded, “and close the door.” I did, and there, on the back of the door, a small piece of paper was taped with the printed words, “I LOVE YOU, MOM!”
Well, you can imagine how that made me feel. That little piece of paper is still there. These many years later, after I laminated the paper to make it last, it remains a powerful reminder of love. Every night, I see it. Sometimes I am too busy to notice, but the paper is still there. Sometimes I am so stressed and upset from the day that I “choose” not to see it, but it is still there. And, some days, I look and smile with joy at the reminder of the hands and heart that love me so much. The point is, no matter how I feel, his message is still there.
So it is with God. He is with us right now in the busyness, in the upset, and in the stillness. He has never left our side. And, He is sending us messages. In that upsetting situation at work, He is saying, “I love you.” In that stress-filled family situation, He is saying, “I love you.” In every situation in which we find ourselves, He has posted a message of love. Now, will we see it? That’s the question.
The fact is, though, now you are aware of His message. No matter how much you may want to ignore it, you know it is there. If you just look, you will see it … in the smile of a child, in the kindness of a stranger, and even in the abruptness of a friend. His message of love will shine through because God put it there Himself, and He will never take it down.
“My Father supports me, protects me, and directs me in all things. His care for me is infinite, and is with me forever.” (W-58.5:6)