I’m so excited to introduce you to Amanda Allen. Amanda recently taught Mikayla and Hope’s class at church and she had a sweet encounter with Mikayla. As you read, please keep in mind that Mikayla has sensory processing disorder. She has tactile defensiveness which makes her sensitive to people touching her. I hope you enjoy seeing Mikayla through Amanda’s eyes.
I was teaching in the Kidz Lab at church a couple of weeks ago. It was a Wednesday night, and seeing as how it was approaching bedtime, most of the kids were getting wild. Hope was keeping Ms. Terry busy, and I saw Mikayla sitting all by herself with her purple Bible. I knew she wasn’t familiar with me, but I felt compelled to go sit beside her. I had already taught the lesson, and a leader was up front talking to the kids wanting prayers, so I was free for a few moments.
It was a moment I’ll never forget. Here’s what that moment looked like from my eyes.
I walked over to Mikayla and sat right beside her. She looked at me from the corner of her eyes….probably wondering who this woman was and why she was invading her space. I leaned over and asked if we could sit together for a few minutes. She nodded yes…still looking rather uncertain. I put my arm around her, and she surprisingly allowed me to hold her! Not only hold her, she relaxed immediately and melted into my arms. We stayed like that for several minutes…totally comfortable and at peace. My heart was won in the moment. I prayed God’s peace into and over Mikayla as I held her close….her purple Bible resting on her lap.
It came time for me to go to the front of the room to close the prayer. I asked Mikayla if she wanted to go with me. She happily nodded yes this time. So we held hands and walked to the front of the room again. I kept one arm around Mikayla and put my other hand on the group of kids praying in front of me. Mikayla watched me a moment, then reached her free arm out to gently touch the kids in front of her as well. So there we stood, one arm praying over kids, and one arm wrapped around each other so gently.
I glanced at her as she glanced at me. Both of us smiled at each other. Then we closed our eyes and finished the prayer. Then I asked her to go to her seat and I closed the service. She obeyed right away, walked to her seat, and sat down.
What a calm, sweet, gentle, and peaceful moment. A moment I’ll always cherish. It’s a moment I pray we see more of. It’s in Mikayla. I want it to be her norm. I believe it can and will be.
Amanda Allen is a wife and mother of 2 beautiful young girls. She is the Children’s Director at her church, as well as a children’s author. She has one book out on how to explain the death of a loved one to children, called “But WHY? How To Trust God When You Lose A Loved One”. Her other books are Christian rhyming books about 2 squirrels named Sally & Sammy. There are 2 already published, but many more in the Sally/Sammy series on the way! The 2 available right now are “Sally & Sammy Learn To Repent” and “Sally & Sammy Learn To Give”. You can check out her author Facebook page by going to facebook.com/amandaallenauthor.