My husband and I sacrificed greatly this weekend – we babysat our grandchild for 48 hours. Trust me when I say babysitting this precious dumpling is NO sacrifice at all. She is precious, well mannered and loving! If my stepdaughter only knew the power she could hold over us, the earthly gains she could insist upon in exchange for allowing us the privilege of spending time with her 3 year old…
I look at how melancholy I am – how truly pessimistically I view my life and wonder when we stop being like 3 year olds.
Emmie looks trustingly into my eyes knowing that I will meet her needs both physically and emotionally and knowing that I will never hurt her. Somewhere along the line, I stopped gazing into others' faces similarly.
She is amazed by bugs and bubbles, my cat and a huge blow up frog float that we got her for our pool…because I blew it up, she insists that I made it for her and the value of this is greater than money or chocolate or 5 new dolls. Somewhere along the line, I ceased to be amazed by the majesty both great and small that God has placed before me.
And she shows gratitude and thanksgiving for God's goodness. When we left for church yesterday morning she asked repeatedly if we could go in the pool when we got home – it was cold and rainy. We told her the sun had to come out and the air had to warm up.
When we emerged from church 2 hours later, the sun was shining brightly, but her facing was shining more brightly still – grandma ellen, the sun came out!!! The sun came out – we can put on our baving soups and go in da pool!!! Grand dad!! The sun came out!!!! The zest and zeal for the emerging sun brought joy to my heart as she settled back into her car seat smiling with contentment – an all knowing look filled her countenance – the sun had indeed come out and our lives were better for it.
Imagine a world where we proclaimed with the same level of excitement that The SON, our savior came out! That this excitement extended beyond Easter sunday.
So today, I praise God for Emmie (my teacher), bugs, bubbles, frog floaties and the Son coming out!