Not long ago, my Gracie and I made a lasagna together. I had recently purchased a new deep-dish 9×13 pan and was looking for an excuse to use it for the first time. Of course I didn’t remember to wash it and remove the sticker until we were ready to begin filling it. I’m not sure why manufacturers feel it necessary to place labels with super-strength glue at inconvenient locations like the bottoms of baking dishes or on the glass of picture frames, but they do. So as I stood at my sink struggling to get bits of glue and paper out of the bottom of my dish (the idea of burnt paper and glue didn’t sound appetizing), my Gracie grew quiet. When I finally succeeded in removing the label, I turned around and found my sweet girl standing on the stool, her little hands folded together in front of her and a pleasant smile on her face. She said, “I pwayed (prayed) that you would get the sticker off, and you DID!”
And once again the Lord used one of my children to remind me of a lesson that I need to remember often: Pray. Pray often. Pray much. Pray about everything.
It’s so simple, but so important. In the last week alone, I have found my little Gracie praying about things like the removing of labels, the opening of pickle jars, the starting of a car on a frigid January morning, and several other things that didn’t seem monumental to me, but were far beyond her abilities. And in her child-like faith, the first thing she thought to do was pray about them. Imagine that!
I need to remember, when I’m doing division with my nine-year old: pray. When I have answered 4,891 questions by 3:00pm and I’m all out of answers: pray. When I’m tempted to lose my temper while dealing with a child: pray. Even when what I was going to make for dinner doesn’t work out, and I can’t seem to come up with an alternative: pray. God wants to hear the cry of our heart, over the “big” things and even over the “little” things like spilled milk and stubborn stickers.
It’s just a simple lesson from a five-year old, but one that we mommies need to remember and practice often!
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. – Philippians 4:6