Learning a Lesson at the Bus Stop
God’s Grace, Peace, and Strength Comforts My Soul
by Joanne Troppello
My sister and I both work from home and we’re next-door neighbors. That works out well if she needs me to help out with her girls. She texted me in the morning two weeks ago and asked if I could bring her daughter Brianna out to the bus stop at the corner of the road since she had a video meeting. I said yes and brought Bri outside.
Bri is in Kindergarten and I always end up smiling or laughing after spending the few minutes with her any of the times I’ve waited with her by the bus stop. It was raining that day. When I went next door to get her, she said that her mom wanted her to leave her umbrella and use hers (my sister’s). I showed Bri my umbrella—it’s a big golf umbrella that we’d gotten at Costco—and she said, “Wow, that is a big one.”
We left her mom’s there, but she still took her little one. As we walked to the bus stop, I kept us both covered with the big umbrella. At the corner, there is a big tree where we wait for the bus. Bri was busy stomping in the mud and small puddles in the grass. I told her not to get messy. She said she’d be okay. She had rain boots on.
At one point, she moved her umbrella away and looked up at me. She said, “Oh, you have me covered too with your umbrella.”
I said, “Yep. It’s a big one.” She smiled and told me about a treasure she buried there the other day with her sister, Arianna. They buried a coin and a “diamond”. She was making an X with a stick, marking the spot that she thought she remembered where they’d buried it.
As I listened to her talk, I smiled. We heard the bus coming around the bend in the road and I reminded her not to walk out into the road until the bus stops twice, once at the stop sign, and then a few feet in front of it. She said she remembered that. The bus came. She walked across the street, then stopped and waved. After she got to her seat, she waved again.
As I walked back to my place, I thought about Bri’s comment that I was covering her too with my umbrella. That’s how it is with God. We may be playing in the mud, trying to do things our way. Yet, through all of the rain and storms of life, God is covering us with His grace, peace, and strength.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” – Hebrews 13:5-6 (NKJV)
We don’t have to fear. God is our protector and comforter. He will never leave us nor forsake us. That is a very comforting thought that warms my heart.
Can you boldly say that the Lord is your helper?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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