A MATTER OF TRUST
By carol Pearson
The little girl, aged about five years, stood nervously watching
Daddy fix her doll. "You can put her head back on?" She asked.
"Well," said Daddy, thoughtfully: "We are going to put a new
head on her. It will be the head we saved from the other doll that
The little one considered Daddy's words. She really wanted the
doll back, exactly as she was, but knew Daddy would do his very best.
"OK. How will you do it, Dad?"
He was already working away at the doll. He was having to make
the opening for the head a little larger than it had been and he had
to find a new way to secure it. "It was a delicate operation," he
said, as he went on working.
She was agitated and continued: "But you can do it, Dad, can't
you?" She felt she couldn't do without that favorite doll. It was so
much a part of her. She wanted to cry again, as she had when the doll
had been mistreated and had broken.
"Yes," Dad replied, encouraging his little girl and assuring her
it would be all right. "We can do it."
Eventually his daughter was allowed to help with a part of the
operation and soon the head was fixed again and the doll was lying
flat, with her new (slightly larger) head, waiting for the glue to
become firm and hold it in place.
Years later that little girl could still remember that story.
One night, as she felt very sad and pained that things were
changing in her life, her independence appearing to have been taken
away because of her health problems, she remembered that incident.
She was now a grown woman and knew and loved God, her Heavenly Father.
He could do far more than her earthly father had ever been able to do.
It was wonderful for a little girl to have a father who could do so
much for her, but now she knew how very much more her Heavenly Father
meant to her! He had loved her through very many sad times in her
life and always had a special word for her. She brought this
situation to Him and told Him she felt just a little like that day
when her doll was having that special operation. She prayed quietly,
"Lord, can you heal me from this hurting inside and look after me, as
nobody else, not even my Dad, could have done"
He replied: "This sadness is not that you should look inward, at
yourself, but that you can look upwards to Me and see that I am there,
working my purposes out, always providing all that you need. Your Dad
fixed the doll's head which was so important to you then. Now I am
going to fix things for you. What is the most important thing on your
mind right now?"
"My Lord, I seem to have lost someone very near and dear, yet I
know I haven't really, but that's the way it feels to me. Things are
changing in my life and I am becoming less able. It's the same sort
of feeling I have felt so very many times when I have lost someone
very dear to me."
"My dear child, you are grieving over your earthly life, what you
have had and all the helps that have been there for you; but some are
not there any more. They made you feel secure and able and capable in
all that you did. Now I want you to trust me, as I work on in your
life so that you can walk on and trust Me in a new way. You don't
know how it will work out for you as you get older and your health is
worse but, as you trust Me, I will do everything that is needed so
that you, in turn, can show others the true light of My Own Dear Son,
Jesus Christ, in all that you say and do."
She looked up and gently said: "That is an honour, dear Lord, to
be taken through those difficult times, as my body becomes old and no
longer works properly and things are not easy for me, that You will
continue to provide all that I need to take me through to enjoy my
life eternal, with You!"
"I trust you, Lord, with all that I do not have, all that I
cannot do and all that I need for the future, because Your hands are
big and strong and Your love to me is unending, unchangeable,
steadfast and sure. You are wise and caring and know exactly how
things are with me!"
That little girl found her doll without a head to be a real
sadness and a hard problem. Now she finds her ill health and
sometimes a lack of help around to be a problem also: But God is
there! He will not fail nor let her down. He understands how sad she
is feeling, even when others cannot understand. He will do all He has
promised to do for her and, one day (maybe very soon) she knows she
will see Him face to face! She will tell Him how glad she was that He
was there to carry her through the difficult times and how He made her
to be secure and able to cope, whatever came her way!
This story is simple and serves to tell of one little girl who
learned first to trust in "her wonderful earthly Daddy" and later in
her all-knowing, very present, loving Heavenly Father. I know it is
true because I was that little girl!
Today you can trust Him too with whatever makes you feel you are
hurting and sad. Don't look at the problem and in at yourself but
look up and find Him there, ready and willing to do far more than you
can ever ask or think!
Carol Pearson Copyright May 2005.
Safe Place Fellowship
Denver, Colorado - Mountain Time Zone
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