Talking to God

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

Alex stomped up the steps and slammed the door to his room. It had been another big fight with his mom. Well, Mom didn’t really fight. That’s what made Alex so mad. How could she just sit there and talk so calmly and keep working when He was being so mean? Didn’t she feel ANYTHING? I mean, he had said some pretty hurtful things to her and she never said anything back. How could she do that?

Downstairs, Mom filled the kettle with water for tea and glanced out the window. The grass was ankle deep and needed to be mowed. That was Alex’s job. That was what had started yet another argument. With a deep sigh, she sat down at the table to open her journal. She started to pen another prayer for peace and wisdom and understanding with regard to Alex’s behavior.

“Lord,” she wrote, “I had another argument with Alex today. I pray for clear guidance and wisdom in how to raise this child. I pray that You will give me the peace I need to the best mother and role model I can be right now. I understand his anger, Lord. You know how much anger I had when all of this first started. Thank You Lord that you did not turn away from me when I was angry. Thank You that You showed me Your love even when I was unlovable. Help me to do that for Alex.”

As she closed her journal, the kettle on the stove whistled so she didn’t hear Alex go out the back door to the garage. As she sat down with her tea, she heard the mower start up. With a whispered “Thank You, Lord” she set to work on supper.

Outside, Alex was taking his frustrations out on the lawn. That poor old mower had taken several beatings already this year. By the time he had finished, much of his anger had left him. He came in the back door to the kitchen and saw that Mom had set out a huge glass of ice water for him. As he sat at the table gulping his water, he saw Mom’s Bible sitting on the counter. He opened it to her most recent passage. It was Luke 6. Alex read:

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full — pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:37-38 (NLT)

Alex’s mom came in just then and gave him a hug. He just shook his head and asked, “Mom, don’t you ever get mad?”

“Of course, Alex,” she replied.” There are a lot of things that make me angry. But I learned a long time ago to take everything to God, even my anger. He already knows how I’m feeling so I just as well be honest with Him. When I talk to God about how I’m feeling, it really helps. It doesn’t always change the situation, but it does give me a peace about it.”

“How do you talk to God?” Alex asked. “Is it something special you have to say or someplace special you have to do it?”

“No,” Mom laughed. “You can talk to God anywhere at any time. You can talk to Him at school or at night when you’re trying to sleep or even when you’re mowing the lawn. He doesn’t care where You talk to Him, just that You do. And You don’t have to say anything special. Just talk to Him like you would your friends. Tell Him about your day or about how you feel. He already knows everything about you, Alex, so nothing you say is going to surprise Him. God is our friend and He cares about us. And our Friend wants to hear from you. The good, the bad and the ugly.”

Alex thought that was pretty neat. That this big God cared about little him. That night as he laid in the dark trying to sleep, he whispered, “Lord, let me tell you about my day…”

All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. Psalm 38:9

A Stander in Nebraska

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