I was coming downstairs to get dinner started Tuesday night. My mind was still typing on the computer. Amy and I are getting ready to leave for the Glorieta Christian Writer’s Conference and there is much still to be done. When I walked in the kitchen, I found a note on the counter (see pic). It said “I can do ine theng.” Colin had obviously written it because he signed his name at the top. For those of you who can’t read first-grade writing, it said ‘I can do anything.’
Colin had gotten a new pen that day as a prize for his fundraiser. I’m sure he was just trying it out. It lights up when you write with it. But why write that? Immediately the verse I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13) came to mind. I had been stressing over the long list of things needed to get done before the trip. Was it even possible? When I saw that note, I knew that was the attitude Christ wanted me to adopt. I use the word adopt, because the can-do attitude does not come natural. It didn’t matter how long my list was or how hard the items were, God would take care of it. Did that mean he would help me to complete each thing perfectly all in time? No. It meant he would help me get done the things that were important for Him. Not the things I thought needed to be done. It also meant that God wanted me to stop worrying. He was going to Glorieta with me.
I smiled knowing that I had just gotten a note from God. Colin needed to try out his new pen, and God needed to send a note. How convenient. God can use anyone, even a little boy who can’t really spell. I have been in His presence. Colin ran out the door about that time with his light-up pen in one hand and a light saber in the other never knowing he had just been in the presence of the Lord.
Lord, may I always be on the look-out for little signs from you. Thank you for reminding me that nothing is impossible with you. I can do all things through Christ. Help me to carry that attitude with me wherever I go. Thank you for using a little boy dear to my heart to deliver your message. Amen
ps. Please pray for Amy and I as we travel and both present ideas to publishers. We leave on Tuesday and will be back on Sunday. Also, pray for our families at home as we are gone. Thank you!