Thursday, November 16, 2006

What Follows Us

A friend at work sent me this story:

A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn't want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. So she had an idea of how to handle it.

She asked a neighbor, Mrs. Goodnest, if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying
at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her. Mrs. Goodnest said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, Mrs. Goodnest and her little girl, Marcy, set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor boy he knew. She did this for the whole week.

As the boys walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week.

Finally he said to Timmy, "Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?"

Timmy nonchalantly replied, "Yeah, I know who she is."

The friend said, "Well, who is she?"

"That's just Shirley Goodnest," Timmy replied, "and her daughter Marcy."

"Shirley Goodnest? Who is she and why is she following us?"

"Well," Timmy explained, "every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, 'cuz she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm, it says, 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life,' so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!"

I wanted to add one great thing to this post. Did you know that the Hebrew word for "follow" in Psalm 23:6 is actually better translated as "pursue"? His goodness and mercy are pursuing us! This is your thought for the day.


Bob said...

Great thought! Thanks!

It reminds me of the Twila Parris song, "I know sometimes it's hard to believe it, but love's been following you..."

Maeghan said...

haha ... i like the story.
and it feels so reassuring to have our God with us all the time.
Though I won't say that he is following us ... we should be following him instead ... but i get the idea :)

Jewels said...

Hmmm, I see what you're saying. But the psalm says His goodness & mercy shall follow us, so that must be different.