May 27, 2024

The Church Mouse: Help in the Big and Little Situations

The Church Mouse: Help in the Big and Little Situations

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”(1 John 5:24)

Have you ever been so scared of something that you became upset just thinking about it?

Well, my grandson was in this situation a few years ago. He was scared of going to the doctor to get getting a shot.  I cannot ever remember him having such a bad experience that would make him so afraid. But he was afraid the point of almost making himself sick. 

When he was in the 6th grade. He had to have a couple of shots in order to go to the 7th grade. So the school sent the paperwork home with the information about the shots and the different scenarios of getting the shot before he entered the 7th grade.  He could get the shots at his regular doctor’s office, (not an option as he is too scared to go the doctor and to get him there is a “knock down drag out fight”), the County Health Department (same as the doctors office), or the school nurse could do it.  (He does go to see her at school.)

He read the paper from the school and then he handed it to me and said emphatically.

“I AM NOT GETTING NO SHOT!…

NO WAY…

JUST FORGET ABOUT IT!….

I AM NOT DOING IT!”…..

After looking over the paperwork, I said to him. 

“You have to get the shot or you cannot go to 7th grade next year.”

He just looked at me for a minute. I could see he was thinking very hard about something. 

Fine, I’ll just stay in the 6th grade forever, then!”

I informed him that he could not stay in the 6th grade forever. His aunt who was listening to all of this chimed in and said. 

“They will make you get the shot even if you stay in the 6th grade. It is based on your age. So you just as well make up your mind that you will have to have a shot.”

“I am not having a shot! I will not go to school any more. I do not care if they put me in jail. I am not having a shot!,” he shouted. 

He ran out of the room crying. 

What do we do?  I tried to talk to him some more about this, but the more we talked the more upset he became.

So, I began to pray about this. I asked my Bible Study group to pray. I asked for prayer at church. I asked my friends and family to pray.  Some of the people I asked thought it was funny, or something that was just too trivial and I should not be bothering God with it. 

I filled out the papers and took them to school and gave them to the school nurse. I explained the situation to her. She told me to calm down and keep praying. She said that she would handle the problem.

A couple of days later, I picked him up from school, I asked him how his day had gone. 

He said.

“Ok, I don’t have any homework can I ride my bike?”

After being home about an hour; he was standing in the living room with his sleeves pull up and he had a band aid on each arm. He got the shots!   

He never even mentioned it to us. Suddenly it was not a big deal anymore. When we asked him about how it went.

He said.

“I had to go down to see the nurse and she said he had to have the shot! She gave them to me,” he said. “They just stung a bit.”

Then he said, “They did not hurt as much as I thought they would.”  

He also said he was pretty brave.  He then stated emphatically.

“I am not getting any more shots!” (LOL)

See God answers prayers. No matter how big, small or trivial some of us might think the request is. God always answers our prayers!  

(Bet you already knew that.)

Prayer—“Father, help us to remember that you are in control of all of the situations in our lives; the sad times, the scary times, and happy times.  Thank you for calming us when we are overwhelmed with scary things, for comforting us in the sad times and for guiding us in the happy times. Remind Father God, us you are beside us each step of the way. Thank you for your blessings in big, little and trivial situations. Amen. 

the Church Mouse 

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