Shawn’s new pet

I came home from work Friday and was greeted with a flurry of excitement and activity.  “I have a new pet” My four year old proudly announced.
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That night and over the next couple of days I had the privilege of seeing a side of my son that I had never had the opportunity before to enjoy.  I had tears in my eyes all weekend long as I watched my 4 year old, nurture and care for his pet salamander.  A child, who had a hard time keeping his own room clean, was constantly asking mom to help him “clean” the salamander’s “cage”.  The very same cage he carefully crafted from a whipped topping container with holes poked in the lid.

When faced with a new challenge, in this case caring for a pet salamander, I default to Google.  What an experience! I had no idea people actually keep these things as pets and how many varieties there are.  Each one with unique diets and physical needs.

We never did figure out exactly what flavor of salamander he was or how to properly care for him, but the creature was not devoid of Shawn’s love and admiration.  I was so proud of him, after he loved the tip of the salamanders tail off, for coming to the realization that he couldn’t provide for its needs and asking me to help put “Jake” back under his rock.

The Lord, in His gentle and loving way, reminded me that if my 4 year old son can show so much love and attention to a salamander, how much more must our heavenly father in heaven care for us?  The Gospel of Mathew reminds us of this truth.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
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“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon, in all his splendor, was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:25-36 (NIV)

In His hands

Nate

One Response to “Shawn’s new pet”

  1. Joy Linke says:

    How cute is he!! What a cool kid.

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