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How I learned God cares about stuffed zebras

How I learned God cares about stuffed zebras

Do you believe God cares about our daily lives?

In my head I believe He does, but in practical reality it’s a little more complicated. I want to share a personal story that just reminded me of what a very personal God He truly is, if you’ll allow me.

Last week, we moved out of our rental house and into a travel trailer. We chose not to renew the lease, as our house renovations were supposed to be nearer to complete than they are at the moment.

Change, even good change, can be stressful

Moving out was more difficult emotionally for all of us than I anticipated, coming on the heels of our major cross country move last summer. My Sophie girl in particular struggles with change, and leaving Florida last year was traumatic for her.

These new changes had me worried about how she would react (and truthfully, how I would react). The last morning we had at the rental house, I dropped my girls off at daycare, as usual, in a hurry to go get the packing finished.

Then the unexpected happened

This little incident stopped me in my tracks. One of the little boys at daycare came racing up: “Sophie, Sophie! I found your zebra!!” My daughter and I looked at each other, and her eyes were mirroring mine. Unshed tears shiny with unbelief, raw emotion, and hope. She hugged both the little boy and the zebra hard, and then promptly handed her little buddy to me for safe keeping.

You see, about a month ago Sophie lost her very favorite little zebra who has been with her since she was tiny. We looked everywhere, and couldn’t find him. Nathan and I finally decided he must have fallen out of the car accidentally. We didn’t tell her, but we thought he was gone forever.

I know it’s a small thing, but it was big to us.

I walked out of the daycare that morning stunned, holding a tiny little stuffed zebra that meant the world to my sweet girl. If you knew that little boy, you would know this is a God thing. Apparently the zebra went home with him one night. I don’t know why. I do know that should have been the end of little zebra. Nothing at all against this little guy – but he’s a little boy, emphasis on little and boy 😎

Instead, on a morning when it really mattered, he found that toy, remembered it was Sophie’s, and brought it back to her. On a week that I was struggling, worrying about my babies, and doing my best to care for them emotionally and physically, God touched our world with a little boy and a zebra.

He cares.

About mommas, children, and even little zebras. Whatever you’re going through today, He cares about you.

Lynn Hughes

Lynn Hughes

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Hi, my name is Lynn. I am a former piano teacher, creative copywriter, and daughter of the King. I have two little girls, a husband I love dearly, and a stack of books to read someday that is taller than I am. I love dark coffee, wholesome living, and well-crafted words.

Shark attacks in bed

Shark attacks in bed

“I’m afraid,” my daughter whispered as I tucked her into bed the other night.

“What are you afraid of?” I asked.

“Sharks,” she confided.


We live in Kansas, so there aren’t any sharks in her immediate vicinity right now.

I took her seriously, because to an imaginative 5 year old, shark attacks on the high plains COULD happen, and we talked about how far away we are from the ocean. It was a real example of a strong, but thoroughly unjustified, fear.⠀

What do you have to lose if you try and fail? I’m not saying fear isn’t real, because it certainly is. But what is on the other side of your fear?

Courage is not an accident

Courage is not an accident

Sometimes strength looks like showing up and being present.

Sometimes strength is walking away from a bad situation – an abusive relationship, or maybe a controlling or negative environment.

Don’t let your future be defined by your past. Who you are now, right this minute, today, is in your power.

And I know, I KNOW how hard it can be to show up when you don’t want to. Or walk away, when walking away is the hardest option (it’s not always the easy way out, is it?).

Know this: Courage is doing that thing that you know, in your heart of hearts, is the right thing to do.

Even if you’re scared.

Even if it’s hard, and it hurts.

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭6:19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Dare to hope.

Dare to be strong.

Courage is not an accident, it is fear stripped of its power.

Lynn Hughes

Lynn Hughes

author

Hi, my name is Lynn. I am a former piano teacher, creative copywriter, and daughter of the King. I have two little girls, a husband I love dearly, and a stack of books to read someday that is taller than I am. I love dark coffee, wholesome living, and well-crafted words.