"Melanie." Andras tiptoed to the doorway of the living room where his sister stood. "What are you doing up?"
Melanie nodded toward their parents, who were talking urgently in low voices. The two listened as rapid Spanish words tumbled out of Mam's mouth. Pap shook his head. "No, Maria." He took Mam's hand. "I'm not sure what will happen, but there are two things we can do--trust God and pray." Mam sighed and nodded.
"What's going on?" Andras asked softly.
Melanie shrugged. Just then Andras sneezed loudly, startling Melanie and their parents. Pap and Mam hurried toward them.
"What are you two doing? You should be in bed!"
"I'm sorry, Mam, but...what's wrong? You sound so anxious," Melanie said.
Mam and Pap glanced at each other. "Well, come into the living room and we'll explain."
They all traipsed into the living room, and Pap motioned for them to have a seat. Mam gave him an encouraging nod, and he began. "Well, kids, we didn't want you to worry, but..." He paused and sighed. "I lost my job."
"A man at work who was jealous of your father's position lied about him," Mam added.
Andras and Melanie looked at each other, their brown eyes wide. "But what will happen to us?" Melanie asked.
"And what about the man who lied? Can't your boss make it right?" Andras asked angrily.
Pap shook his head. "This is in God's hands. I don't know why He allowed this to happen, but I know He will work it out for our good. We must pray and trust Him."
"Pap, can we pray right now?" Melanie asked.
"Yes, Melanie, you're right. We should. And we should pray for the man who lied about me too."
They all bowed their heads and prayed that Pap would find a job soon, and that Jesus would help them show His forgiveness to those who hurt them. Above all, they asked Him to help them remember to trust Him and not be afraid. Adelyn NewtonHOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you facing something hard? Do you feel alone or afraid? Remember, God promises to be our refuge. All you have to do is trust Him! He knows exactly what you’re feeling right now, and He will be with you and guide you. He loves you and will always do what’s best for you, even when it hurts. Trust Him to help you in every situation.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 56:11 (KJV)
In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mere humans do to me? (CSB)