(Isa. 41:10, MSG).
This morning, Lily’s delightful voice called out to me from the bathroom, “Emmanuel! God is with us!” She had overheard this phrase from someone in the house playing an audio Bible. Obviously, Holy Spirit had spoken to her through it – so much so, that it was bubbling in her spirit as she showered.
When she finished up, she asked me if she could send an audio message to our family chat group on WhatsApp. I gladly obliged, and she proceeded to do so. “Hello family! Emmanuel! God is with us! Even though we are going through these hard times, He is taking care of us!”
After that, she wanted to share with me the dream she had last night. In it, she saw four angels come into her room through the window. One of them spoke to her, while the other three stood behind him in a triangular formation, singing joyfully. The one who addressed her said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m going to show you the wonders of the Lord.” Lily added with a smile, “He was really pretty.”
Lily is seven years old. Clearly, she has the same Holy Spirit living inside her that we adults do. I’ve heard it said – and parenting my children has confirmed it to me – that there is no junior Holy Spirit. He doesn’t come in a miniature version. In every one of us, from biggest to smallest, He is the fullness of Himself!
What a beautiful reminder Lily continues to be to me, of what it looks like to trust the Father with childlike faith. She has had to go without her earthly daddy’s company for over a month now. He is stuck in another part of Peru. The COVID lockdown started here with very little notice, when he was on a missions trip. All travel remains frozen nationwide. He hasn’t been able to come home. The same is true for my oldest daughter, Ester. As a family, we are sheltering in place in three different parts of the country.
And yet, Lily sings joyfully every day. She laughs easily and frequently. She loves to thank Jesus for allowing her to still be alive on Planet Earth. She plays with her dolls, colors, and does her schoolwork with utmost cheerfulness. Because she knows.
God is with us. He’s taking care of you and me!
In what ways has the Father sent reminders to you that He is with you during this time of world crisis?