( Courtesy of Jennifer Glosser, Salladasburg, PA)
"Aubrey is such a bright five year old," The assessor gushed. "It's amazing what she has picked up and learned all on her own! She'll have no trouble at all next year, we can't wait to see her again." Pausing, she thought for a moment. "Now, Brady... Well," she said brightly, "You have all summer to work with him, I'm sure by the time we see him in the fall he'll be all ready to go!"
"Thank you so much," Jen picked up the paperwork. Standing up from the pint sized desk, she attempted a brave smile. " I'll get to work with Brady."
"What a great job, you both did!" Walking out to the car, a twin holding each hand, Jen did her best to speak positively. "Aubrey, they're very excited to see you again in a few months, and Brady, they can't wait to see your great jumping skills again."
"I'm just so nervous!" Jen confided in her husband later that evening. All four children were tucked into bed and they sat in the living room, Jen's concern evident in her tone. "They said that Brady just isn't where he needs to be with his letters. How do I teach him those letters when he won't sit still, never mind focus, for one minute?"
The next morning, breakfast was cleared away and the children were playing with crafts at the table. "Brady, let's work on a letter today. Go ahead and pick one and we'll get to work on it." Young Brady tilted his head and surveyed the list before him seriously. Jen's heart sank at the blank look on his face. Just as discouragement was beginning to set in, Brady's eyes' lit up. "That one, Mamma!" He pointed to the page. "I know that one, it's just like Jesus on the cross! What's that one?"
The sense of an arm around her shoulder was tangible. Her heart lifted and she felt the encouragement pushing aside her concern. 'Don't worry,' her heart heard, 'He'll be fine, he's going to learn and he'll be just fine.'
Exhaling, she leaned forward and put her arm around Brady. "That's a T, honey. Let's try to write it..."
"You know, Rosalyn," Jen mused during our phone call, " When you asked me for a story of God showing his face in my life, I had no idea what I would tell you. But then I found myself thinking about it more, and when this happened I realized that I haven't been paying enough attention. But I want to, and from now on, I"ll be looking for Him in the little moments..."
"...if you seek God, your God, you'll be able to find him if you're serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul." Deuteronomy 4:29 MSG
"When you come looking for me, you'll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed." - God Jeremiah 29:13 MSG
"...Seek, and you'll find. Knock and the door will open." Luke 11:9
"We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well."
(1 Corinthians 10:24b MSG)