As I was preparing to leave for work this morning, Rylan insisted that I take his Matchbox tractor with me. Since it’s perfectly acceptable for grown men to have toys in a corporate workplace, I obliged.
So, I headed to the car with my coffee, iPad and banana. And tractor.
I’ve had to travel a lot recently and I’ll be gone for most of the rest of September. I figured that any way I could connect with Rylan while I’m at work, it would help him feel like he was part of my day. So, I decided that I would start taking photos of his tractor throughout my day and message them to my wife to show him. Here are the shots.
Tractor in my car.
Tractor on my keyboard.
Tractor on banana.
Tractor in the mints.
Tractor on the beach (or on my Father’s Day present.)
Tractor vs Tractor.
Tractor vs. Butter.
Tractor & white board fun.
Reunited and it feels so good.
I’ve been reading through Joshua recently and this exercise got me thinking about how God is with us and desires to connect with us throughout the day as well. Joshua 1:5 says “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
God is a promise keeper. God guarantees us that he will be with us on our toughest days, in our lowest valleys and on our highest mountaintops.
Joshua 1:9 continues on to say, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
God is a constant comforter. He knows that we can become unsettled, stressed out and over-anxious. He knows that we struggle to keep our priorities set on him. He knows that we get cut off in traffic, spill coffee on our notes, burn our mouths with pizza cheese and struggle with jammed printers. We need God to remind us throughout the day that he constantly loves us and is with us, just as Rylan knew from our tractor experience today that I was thinking of him and loved him.
Even though I was not physically with Rylan between 7:30a – 5:15p, his father was still thinking of him and loving him all day. Here’s the awesome part. God is with us all the time. Physically. If you’re a believer in Christ, then you have God’s holy spirit living inside you. If you haven’t yet placed your faith in Christ and you feel like you have a void in your life, he will fill it.
In my upcoming travels to exotic places like Kinston, NC and Sarasota, Gainesville & Ocala, FL, I’ll have to find a way to sneak the tractor out the door and continue to remind Rylan how much I miss being around him, his sister and his mommy while I’m at work.