For my second birthday, I received a lovely little book called God Is with Me. It features simple watercolors of children, accompanied by simple, yet large, truths about God. Though many books given to two-year-olds are grown out of, this book has grown up with me. Rereading it takes me back to the very secure feeling of being two years old: back to lamplight, and my footie pajamas, a sippy cup of chocolate milk around which I looked at the pictures, and my mother’s warm side and her voice reading the book to me. And this I know: however unsteady things may feel, I am as secure, and even more secure, than that child knew herself to be; I am kept in the care of the Almighty, Who is with me.
I can’t reproduce the pictures here, but I thought I’d share the words; they have helped me, again and again. They look so bland, and almost harsh, typed out onto the page. Try to take the statements one at a time, as they come in the book. Try to put yourself into situations where these are specifically applicable, as the illustrations so aptly do: the little girl alone in the woods, reflecting that God is with her; the sad child sitting on a fence and thinking; the boy and girl refreshed by watermelon slices; the boy, among whose many cares is the haircut he is about to receive … I love the way the book brings the truths down to a child’s level and reminds us that the Lord is just as close to the boy brokenhearted over a lost baseball game as He is to the woman who has lost her husband; His love is sufficient for small needs as well as great. His name is Immanuel — God with us. Without more explanation, then, my book:
GOD IS ALWAYS WITH ME. HE WATCHES OVER ALL HE MADE.
“Give thanks to the Lord … who gives food to every creature.” Psalm 136:1, 25
“The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:9
GOD IS WITH ME WHEN I’M SAD.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart.” Psalm 73:26
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
GOD SHOWS HIS LOVE TO ME THROUGH FRIENDS.
“He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25
“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.” Proverbs 15:30
GOD IS WITH ME IN NEW PLACES.
“When the cares of my heart are many, thy consolations cheer my soul.” Psalm 94:19
“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. He is my helper.” Psalm 118:6a, 7b
GOD IS WITH ME NOW …
AND HE ALWAYS WILL BE.