Jesus Loves Me

It was a very hot day, sweat and irritation was in abundance. Traffic was hectic and the A/C in my car was not cooperating either. I had to run many errands, and since the baby sitter was on leave, I had to take a day off and take my 4 year old son wherever I went. I was just hoping that he behaved well the entire day, because I was definitely not in a good mood.

I had to pickup a book for my friend who was celebrating her birthday the next day, so I ran to the bookstore, (Remember, I was literally dragging David, my son along with me) and the checkout line was very, very, very long. I did not want to drive to another bookstore to avoid the long line, because I did not want to get "fried" in the heat again.

The checkout line looked like a giant snail to me, I looked at my watch so many times that I thought that even the watch looked like a snail. I could not smile at anybody nor could I interact with my son because "I WAS TOO IRRITATED," I just wanted to finish all my errands. Everyone around me also had a tired and irritated look on them. My son was trying to get my attention by talking to me about his school, his friends, the beautiful sun, butterflies, and a little girl; which all sounded to boring to me. (How rude can I get, huh!!!???!!!)

I finally had it, I turned towards my son to tell him to just be quiet because his joyful chatter was giving me a headache, but he just smiled at me and started singing "JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW.... YES! JESUS LOVES ME, YES! JESUS LOVES ME...." by now he was LOUD. At first I was embarrassed, because people turned their heads towards us, but then I noticed that neither the heat, the long line and my mood did not affect my boy; and the joy of the Lord, made him sing. Everyone turned and looked at David and smiled at him, everyone was smiling, (even I was), the line seemed to get shorter, the checkout person was wishing everybody "have a nice day" so sweetly.

My errands list looked shorter, my mood was better, I picked up the book and hugged my son who reminded me that Jesus Loves me and I need to pass on His Love and not my irritation to others, because He is there to take care of me -- I should just enjoy all the situations and keep praising Him. When I stepped out of the store, I thought I saw a cool cloud passing by.

The joy of the Lord can change any bad situation into a pure joy. The next time you are feeling depressed or just irritated, start humming: "Jesus Loves Me...." (it worked for David, and it will work for you too; because Jesus is definitely there to take care of us).

Addendum -- Romans 1:7 (NLT)   "... God loves you dearly, and he has called you to be his very own people. May grace and peace be yours from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."

[ Submitted by: Caroline Naoroji ]


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