JM’s Journal: Getting Back on Track

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Getting Back on Track

Fixing a Craft Project with My Niece

by J.M. Troppello

If you’ve been reading any of my articles recently, you may have read that my niece has decided to get my mail for me every day when she gets off the bus and checks the mail for her mom. She got the mail today and brought it over to me. Then she showed me the craft project she had made at school today for her mom as a gift for Mother’s Day.

I told her it was very nice. Then she looked at the bird’s nest near my house. I said I still hadn’t seen the birds for a while, and that they are likely not in there any longer. She went back to her house, and I went inside.

A short while later, my sister came and knocked on my door. She asked me if I could come over because my niece was having a meltdown. She had tried to do something with her craft project, but she didn’t want my sister to see it since it was a gift for her. I went next door and helped my niece with the problem with the craft.

She had gotten a small marigold plant along with all the kids in her class at school. They had used empty tissue boxes, decorated them, and placed the plants in there. The only problem was that the plants weren’t in plastic containers. They were in biodegradable growable planters.

She had placed red tissue paper around the top of the plant. The problem occurred when she took the plant and watered it by the sink. However, the tissue paper got all soggy and the excess water seeped into the sink, through the tissue box – and got that all soggy.

She was upset. I was happy to help. I told my sister that we’d be going next door for a few minutes to get things fixed up. My sister gave me the thumbs up (she was working in her office toward the back of her house), and then we went to my place.

I had new tissue paper, which my niece was happy about because she didn’t have any at her house, and had to use crumbed-up toilet paper. Her ingenuity made me smile. I had a small plastic container and used that to put the plant in, and then put it back inside the decorated tissue box, and then added the new tissue paper as decoration around the dirt.

I gave her the option to keep the plant at my house if she wanted to so she wouldn’t have to hide it from her mom for the next three days. She was happy about that. However, she asked me for a small piece of paper so she could write me a note to remember to water it for the next few days before Mother’s Day. Then I was asked to tape the note somewhere in my kitchen where I would see it each day. We even had to do a trial run (where she pretended to be her mom) and I would hide the note and plant when I saw her coming – so she (playing her mom) wouldn’t see it, if her mom came over to my place.

She gave me a hug and thanked me. Then I told her to go straight to her house next door and I’d watch from the window. She walked outside, gave me the heart sign with her hands, said “I love you,” walked back to her front door, and went inside.

Getting Back on Track

This experience with my niece reminded me about how God is always with me and will do what is necessary to get me back on track when I’m off the right pathway.

4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
(Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV)

No matter what happens or what I do to get myself off track, God is always waiting for me with arms open wide like with the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). I’m thankful each day that God is with me. He never leaves me nor forsakes me (Hebrew 13:5). In John 10:28, Jesus said that no one will ever snatch the believer out of His hand. I love that comforting statement that Jesus made.

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. (John 10:28, NKJV)

How does God get your attention to help you get back on track?

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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