In Safe Keeping

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"I'll pick you up after school and take you to see Grandpa in the hospital," Mom told Marc and Lisa as they put on their coats.

Marc tried to swallow the lump in his throat. "Is . . . is he g-going to die?"

Mom took a deep breath. "I don't know, honey. But Grandpa is in God's hands, and God will take care of him. God knows what's best for all of us."

"But it can't be best for Grandpa to die," Lisa protested tearfully.

"It doesn't seem that way to us," Mom replied, "but we're looking at it from our point of view. We have to accept that God may choose to take him home to heaven. We can be thankful that Grandpa knows Jesus and would be so happy to see Him." The kids nodded, but neither was entirely convinced.

As Marc and Lisa left for school, Lisa handed Marc some money. "Will you keep this for me, please?" she asked. "I want to buy Grandpa a card before we go to the hospital, but I don't have a good place to keep my money."

Marc nodded. "Okay," he agreed, and he stuffed the money into his pocket.

As the day crawled by, Marc had trouble concentrating on lessons. Every few minutes he silently asked God to take care of Grandpa.

After school, the children climbed into Mom's car. "Is Grandpa any better?" Marc asked.

Mom shook her head. "He's about the same."

"Where's my money, Marc?" Lisa held out her hand as Mom parked in front of the card shop. Marc pulled the money out of his pocket and gave it to Lisa. She smiled. "My friend Nicole took money to school this morning," she said, "but this afternoon she couldn't find it. She thinks she lost it on the playground. I might have lost mine, too. Thanks for taking care of it for me, Marc."

As Lisa paid for her card, Mom turned to Marc. "You were better able to take care of Lisa's money than she was," said Mom, "and God is the one who is best able to take care of Grandpa. Just like Lisa trusted you, we can trust God. Even if things don't turn out the way we'd like, we can be sure that God's ways are always better than ours. Grandpa is in God's care."

Lisa came up to them and handed Marc a quarter. "Please keep this for me, will you, Marc? I might lose it," she said. Thoughtfully, Marc nodded.

How About You?
Who do you trust? Do you trust parents and grandparents to take care of you? Do you trust brothers or sisters with things that belong to you? How about God? Do you trust Him, too? You can trust God to do all things well. The best and safest place in the world to be--both for you and those you love--is in His care.

Today's Key Verse:
He (God) is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
(2 Timothy 1:12)

Today's Key Thought:
Trust God in everything