Little Seed feels happy and safe in the seed packet on the shelf in the Farmer’s dusty shed. His greatest fear is having to leave his packet, a reality that he knows will happen one day. Little Fox was comfy in his den under the trees in the woods. He is afraid of everything. One night a heavy rainstorm forces Little Fox out of his den to look for dry shelter, which he finds in the shed where Little Seed lives. The two become friends and are enjoying their days together until the Farmer takes Little Seed and plants him nearby, where he grows into a strong tree.
So goes the story of Little Seed and Little Fox in It Will Be Okay: Trusting God through fear and change, the new book from Lysa TerKeurst. But this is not the whole story. The real story lies in the character that remains faceless throughout the story but whose hands guide all that happens: The Farmer. Throughout the story is the refrain: The Farmer was good, and the farmer was kind, and the Farmer was always watching over them. Even when they didn’t know it.
Lysa TerKeurst has provided us with a book that is so needed for children these days. In a world of uncertainty, constant change and chaos, a message children (and adults as well)need to hold tight to is the truth that God is good, He is kind, and He is always watching over those in His care. Even when we don’t know it. I am almost fifty and I have to remind myself of this truth often. Fear is rampant but God is bigger than my fear and is always there. I appreciated the way TerKeurst did not portray God as being good only by giving Little Seed and Little Fox exactly what they wanted. He was good because he was present and always watching over them. In a self-focused world, it is important that we all understand that God is not a genie that just gives us what we want, but is a God that has great plans for us to be all that we are made to be which only comes from placing our desires, dreams, and hope in his hands, fully trusting in his goodness and love for us.
It Will Be Okay by Lisa TerKeurst, with the wonderful illustrations by Natalia Moore, is a needed addition to your collection of children’s books. I am confident your children will enjoy it.
I received this book from Booklookbloggers.com in exchange for an honest review.