When your heartstrings get snagged
If you are a grandparent or a parent, you will be able to relate to the emotions that are tied to this story. Actually, MOST people will be able to relate because of life experiences.
My granddaughter, Natalie, recently started preschool. She FaceTimed us last week to tell us she had just completed day 1. It was a good day and her smile said it all.
However, the second day didn’t start off as well. The excitement of starting something new was gone and she woke up with tears streaming down her cheeks. She told her mommy and daddy she didn’t want to go. Some extra time was spent reminding her how much she enjoyed the first day. However, she still wanted to stay home. I’m sure most people can relate to what that feels like when you prefer to stay in the comfort and safety of your home.
My heart was a little heavy that morning and I couldn’t stop thinking about her – wondering how her day was going. My grandma instinct kicked in — and I kept thinking how wonderful it would be if I lived closer so that I could help in some way. I’m really not sure what I could do there to make a difference, but still — I was grateful that I could pray to the One who could be there.
It wasn’t long before my daughter-in-law sent me a text message that morning to share some incredible news. When they walked in the preschool, a little brown-haired girl ran from the other side of the room as soon as she spotted Natalie and asked if she would be her new best friend. Needless to say, that little brunette made a huge difference in how my granddaughter viewed being at school. The two girls immediately began to play and are now building a wonderful friendship. Once again — preschool was a good place to be.
What an excellent reminder her experience is for us all. Sometimes we don’t know when someone is struggling. However, God knows. And when God puts someone on your heart, it’s for a good reason. When we take the time to walk across the room to let someone know that they are noticed, it can turn their day around in a heartbeat – maybe their life. Who is God putting on YOUR heart?
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” ~ Philippians 2:3-4