In a recent post, I mentioned how my husband I have been looking for ways to help Grasshopper (6yo) understand and appreciate the power and necessity of prayer. One of the things that she always prays for is that we have a good day tomorrow. When I ask her about praying for what we need today, she tells me she prayed for today when she said her prayers yesterday, so she figures she already has today covered. This has always concerned me, though until recently I have been unable to articulate exactly why.
As I have been praying and pondering about this, the story of the Israelites in the wilderness gathering manna has been at the forefront of my mind (Exodus 16:14-20). The Israelites had no food in the wilderness, so the Lord fed them with manna, which was like bread, from heaven. They had to gather it every day, and if they tried to gather more or save some for the next day, it would rot. God wanted them to acknowledge His hand in their lives on a daily basis. He wanted them to have faith that He would provide them with what they needed tomorrow, just as He has today. Christ’s admonition to ask God to “[g]ive us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11) is alluding to that familiar story of the Israelites and the manna that was daily provided them.
This is what I need to live better in my life so that my Grasshopper can learn and understand it. I need to do a better job of relying on Him for today’s needs while trusting that He will provide for tomorrow, as well. I need to prepare today what I can and put away my worry of things that I cannot do anything about until tomorrow or the next day or the next week, month or year.
Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day (Alma 37:36-37).
My children need to see me “cry[ing] unto God for all [my] support.” I need to model for them how to “[c]ounsel with God in all [my] doings.” This is definitely an area where I am lacking. I tend to be very independent, relying on my own strength. I guess I am a little like the Lamanites, who “depended upon their own strength; [y]et they were a strong people, as to the strength of men” (Mosiah 10:11). But unlike the Lamanites, I do know something concerning the Lord, and I have to more fully rely on Him in my life so that I can be an example to my children.
For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; . . . (2 Nephi 28:30).
You know, I was really hoping that a simple, well-planned FHE would do the trick . But as with all things that are worth while, these things may not come so simply and easily.