Determined Child

By Brenda Nail DeLauder


Such a determined child. He’s the youngest in his family and not about to be left out. My first thought on a recent church work day was to avoid him as much as possible. I didn’t want to be stepping around this ball of energy. I’m guessing God had other plans.

His mom and I make a great team on work days usually filled with laughter. Her other children have all become great helpers too, but the youngest one is a bit of a challenge. This particular day I couldn’t avoid him which provided me with an opportunity to see him in a new light. When he grabbed up an armload of some fragile items to “help” move them to another area, I knew I had to change his course. I gave him the chore of moving a more solid item with a limit of how many to carry at a time. Following this given direction he rushed to complete each task, ready for the next one, until he had conquered a great amount of work.

I needed to change the church sign and was a little concerned to have this active child with me so close to a busy highway. There was no need to worry however, because I gained his attention by acknowledging he could help. He stuck to me like glue. At first he wanted to push my hand away when I was showing him how to move the letters into place, but I kept talking in the same tone until he realized I was going to let him do the job. He caught on quickly and did an excellent job of lining up the letters. We sounded out the words as he created them on the message board, making a fun game of it. He was such a quick learner, hungry for more.

Later on while driving home, I was thinking about this child. There is a sweetness about him which captures our hearts, but it’s only seen in fleeting moments. God decided on this day I would get to know him better. Interestingly enough, all the chores he helped me do were things I normally do myself. Because of a recent wrong move, my back has gone on strike and I’m temporarily limited on bending and such. I’m annoyed with myself for this predicament, and it didn’t help to realize my limitations during the work day. When this boy swooped by me at full speed, my plan to avoid him ceased because God said “No.” I’m so glad God had a better idea and that I listened.

Whenever there are setbacks or obstacles along the way, we probably all tend to dart around them, hoping to avoid more delays. While I’d much rather avoid those boulders in my path, I’m learning to accept them. With acceptance I can turn it over to God and leave it there. Not that there’s ever an opportune time for frustrations to happen, but they do seem to hit us at our busiest moments. I am finding great strength in being led by faith during this recent bump in the road. The Holy Spirit has been with me each step of the way and somehow things are getting done. I feel blessed!

In Psalm 103:2 we find, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” As a Christian, we had the awesome privilege of being the children of our Heavenly Father. Even while we face difficulties, we gain strength and wisdom as He takes care of our needs. During these days approaching Christmas, may we become determined children of our Lord, drawing closer to Him now and forever.

Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.