The following story was related this past Sunday in church by a good friend of ours, Jess Arbon. After church I asked him if I could share this. He agreed.
“When our son Austin started nursery he was pretty reluctant to have anything to do with it. If any of you know him, he is an extremely strong headed child. When he makes his mind up he doesn’t budge and he had made his mind up early on that he didn’t want to be associated with nursery.
Now Austin wasn’t one of those kids that went in and cried for 10 minutes and then stopped. For 2 full hours, on and off, he cried… and chanted “I want my mom!”. He really didn’t want anything to do with nursery no matter what we did.
Of course, this was very frustrating for him, as it was for us.
About 8 months into this things still hadn’t changed and it just so happened that new nursery leaders were called. We didn’t know them real well, and they didn’t know us. So we took Austin to class like normal, getting ready to explain this to the new nursery leaders. We took him in the door and he started to get even more upset.
And this good brother came over and picked him up. He said it would be okay, and I left and paced the hallway for a few minutes, hearing him start with his crying and chanting.
At the time I had a calling that required me to teach. I went and taught and came back at the end of the three hour block. Usually what I would hear when I was coming up to the room was his voice crying, or chatting his standard “I want my mom!”.
But this time something was different. I sat there for a few minutes and didn’t hear anything.
When I opened the door, I’ll never forget this very touching scene. This brother in this very small nursery room was sitting in the back corner on the floor holding my son who had fallen asleep.
And that was a turning point. His sincere arms were so loving holding him that Austin fell asleep.
And I know it was a turning point because it touched my son… it touched his heart, it touched his soul.
From that moment on he was fine. When he went into that room he knew there was someone there that loved him and cared about him.”
When Jess related this message I couldn’t help but feel the Spirit of this sweet father who loved his son, and this good brother who reached out to his son in his hour of need and provided the comfort and love that he so desperately needed.
There are so many lessons to take out of this lesson and perhaps you have already taken your own lesson out of it. The one I would like to point out is how we are all like Austin. We all come here to earth and some days all we want to do is cry. All we want to do is go back to our Heavenly Father and Mother where things are safe. And our Heavenly Father knows how hard it is for us, but knows it is necessary if we are to learn about the Gospel.
So he provided us with a Brother that will hold us and comfort us here on the earth when we struggle. He touches our hearts and souls… and if we let him, even takes away the fear and helps us to return safely back to our Father. How grateful I am for a Father in Heaven that has called the greatest and most beloved nursery leader there ever was for me.