It has been a very busy morning. The children are having a hard time adjusting after the weekend. You have many goals for the children to complete today. There are fellow faculty members out sick, so your staffing is stretched thin. You begin to feel flustered and anxious. Then one of your little two year olds begins to sing, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong. They are weak, but he is strong!” (You take a deep breath.) Jesus loves me. He is strong when I am weak.
That young child just reminded you of an important lesson. That simple truth is a most valuable fact. God will not fail. He will not disappoint. He will make you strong, even when you do not feel that you are. Sometimes the hardest thing for us as adults is to trust in those promises. We do not need to do anything. God has done it all for us!
We get busy. We forget to complete tasks. We run out of time at the end of the day. We can get overwhelmed by all the tasks and responsibilities of being an early childhood educator. The list of tasks seems endless. We may even at times get frustrated with the children or our co-workers. These are some of the struggles of our work and our sinful nature which easily cause us to lose sight of what’s truly important. But when God’s strength is our comfort, the psalmist says that we also remember he is our portion forever. Remembering what God means for us now and forever helps us keep the important tasks at the forefront. He has asked us, commanded us in fact, to share his love with the little ones in our care. He has promised to be by our side as we share this message. Hold on to that. Let him be your strength. Let him guide your interactions, your tasks, and your words. Even when your flesh and heart are weak, remember God is your strength! Let him be your “portion forever.”
Dear Father, give me strength as I go about my day and my time with the children and families I serve. Help me focus on your strength and fill my heart with joy.
In your name I pray. Amen.
Early Childhood Ministry Educator’s (ECME) Devotions are brought to you by WELS Commission on Lutheran Schools.