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Thinking About Me

I have a teeny tiny red Toyota Echo. What’s that? You’ve never heard of the Toyota Echo? Well, that’s because they don’t make it anymore. THAT’S how old my car is. Actually, she’s coming up on her Sweet 16 pretty soon! My vehicle has, shall we say, character: She makes weird noises at very inappropriate times, the gears grind when I shift, and the interior smells like a mixture of lavender, chocolate chip cookies, and wet dog. Despite all her shortcomings, I have to say that I LOVE my car! It has a special place in my heart partly because it was my very first big adult purchase!

Before I owned my teeny tiny red car, I got around on a bicycle. No, it was not a cool race bike with gears and brakes. I had a beach cruiser with a little basket and a bell. That sounds adorable, but it’s not so cute when you’re huffing and puffing uphill. I like to think I put “the bike years” behind me, but there’s one bike memory that I think of and never want to forget.

God Is Thinking of Me

That particular morning I read a familiar Bible verse in an unfamiliar (to me) translation (the New King James version):

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11, KJV).

I was struck by the concept of God having thoughts and those thoughts being about me. I allowed myself to marvel at that for about 30 seconds and then remembered that I was late for school and went on my way.

Well, that day was not a good day, and by the time it ended, I was huffing, puffing, and sulking all the way home on my bike. Suddenly, I remembered the verse I had read that morning. I remembered that God was thinking about me, and you know what? That last hill didn’t seem so steep.

I don’t have to ride a bike anymore, but I still have bad days that overwhelm me. But when I do, I think back to that day on the bike; I look up to the sky and smile, for I know God is thinking about me.

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Jael Amador writes from New York.

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About Jael Amador

Jael Amador

writes from New York, New York.

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