I am reading the dear novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott at the moment and have been quite pleasantly surprised by some of the things that have come out of the mouths of the five little women living in the March residence.  Sometimes it feels so much like what I’ve been learning since being back into our home in England that I thought I’d share some here…  Mrs. March is sharing with her second eldest daughter, Jo, how to depend on her Heavenly Father.  She advises her:

“My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning, and may be many; but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father, as you do that of your earthly one.  The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom.  His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong happiness, peace and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother.”

Some of us haven’t had good examples of either mother or father in this life, and so couldn’t know for ourselves how to feel the strength, tenderness or companionship of these.  However, what a lovely example Alcott portrays of a happy family in the Marches, and we can then have the imagination of how to go to God as we would a happy earthly father or mother.

I am learning that nothing is dependable outside of Him and I strive to stick close to Him through everything.  And it is so good.  How are you finding the troubles and temptations of life?  Do you have the strength to sort it out?  Is anything constant enough to hold us up through it all?  I think you will find that nothing can, apart from Him.