On the way home, Kaylee stopped to smell some beautiful lilies and giggled as she watched two little birds trying to sneak up on a little boy who was feeding them. Kaylee smiled with delight. “Oh Nan, doesn’t Jesus tell a story about birds and lilies?”
“You’re right, Kaylee, he does. He shows us how beautiful the lilies are clothed and how the birds are always fed and looked after. Neither worries because they know God loves them and will look after them. Jesus tells us to remember that worrying isn’t going to add any more time to our lives. Actually, it usually takes up valuable time and sleep.” Nanny winked at Kaylee. “You know, Kaylee, when I take my eyes off of Jesus, that’s when I start to worry, and just like Saint Peter, I let my worries overwhelm me and I sink!”
Kaylee was puzzled for a moment. “Oh, I know that story, too: Peter was walking on the water.”
“Yes, and he did fine when his eyes were on Jesus, but when he worried and looked around at the waves, he started to sink.”
They walked along lost in thought for a few minutes.
Before long Kaylee spoke up. “Nanny, could you tell me a youth group story?” Kaylee loved to hear stories from when her nanny taught a youth group.
“Ah, I think I know the perfect one! I had three very loving but very silly teenagers named Holly, Jasmin, and Max. Two of them were scared of the dark, so one late, very late night, we sang a song about God being so big that he was even bigger and smarter and stronger than …”
Kaylee squealed, “The bogeyman!”