I AM – Devotional Style Short Stories – “Little But Tough”

Little But Tough

The skate board flies out from under his feet and lands several feet away. The boy picks himself up off the ground, crying and rubbing his knees.

A Man standing nearby watching slowly walks to the boy and asks, “Are you okay?” The boy stiffens his shoulders and pulls himself up to a full stance and exclaims, “Yeah. I’m little but I’m tough!”

The Man laughs and walks over to pick up the skate board. As He hands it back to the boy He says, “The wheel is broken. Maybe your Dad can fix it.”

The boy bursts out crying.

The Man places an arm around the boy’s shoulder and pulls him close as the boy sobs.

“I know you don’t have a Dad.” The Man gently states.

The boy jerks away, swipes roughly at his tears and demands, “How do you know that!?”

“I am the I Am and I know everything about you. There’s an ice cream stand over there. Would you like an ice cream cone? Strawberry, I presume.” The Man smiles broadly.

The boy accepts and while eating their ice cream the Man explains to the boy that even though his father walked out on them when he was a baby that he still has a Father. They talk long after the ice cream has been eaten.

He walks the boy to a nearby shop and has the broken wheel fixed. The boy grabs the newly repaired skateboard and rushes out the door. He jumps on the skate board and as he pushes off he turns to thank the Man.

But the Man is gone.


Psalm 27:10 “When my mother and father forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.”


There are many ways that a parent or parents can forsake their children. It can be that one or both abandon us physically, leaving the child an orphan. Other ways are emotional abandonment; the parent/s is physically present but has little or no interest in the child leaving the child deprived of a mother or father’s love. Forsaking can also come through physical, emotional, sexual, and psychological abuse. The parent/s has forsaken their God-given responsibilities to raise the child in the ways of the Lord. Many of us may have experienced being forsaken by a parent/s and if that has happened we have Someone who will guide us, care for us, teach us, and love us as no other can. His name is Jehovah Avinu – Lord, our Father. He promised to never leave us or forsake us so we have a Father who loves us more than any human being can. Reach out to Him and lean on Him. He will heal our broken hearts.