Spring had come. Or so we thought.
We were able to enjoy a few days playing in the yard, soaking up the sunshine. Out came the hula hoops, soccer balls, and the basket of collected rocks. Jocelyn climbed, ran, slid down the slide, and went on the swings.
She was convinced, “Winter is never again. It is spring!”
And then the spring snow storm came last week. She watched from the family room windows, reporting to me of the progress of snow accumulation.
“Mimi, the grass is disappearing!”
Her voice revealed the increase of panic that she would not be able to play outside in the yard for a bit. All day, she repeatedly checked out the windows, obsessed with the snow which continued to cover the grass.
When she woke from her afternoon nap, she ran to the windows and exclaimed, “Your grass is all gone!” There was no telling her otherwise as the disappointment settled over her.
There have been many times in my life, I have been much like Jocelyn. My eyes have seen only what they wanted to see. No matter the explanation given, my understanding was skewed by what I saw. I could not see what lie hidden by the obvious. I was so busy “seeing”, I could not further think through a situation.
Many times, we must dig deeply to see and understand that which is immediately hidden. Time and patience often bring revelation.
Ears to hear and eyes to see – both are gifts from the Lord.
(Proverbs 20:12, NLT)
And so today I pray … Lord, help my grandchildren to see clearly Your plan for their lives. Bless them with eyes to see You and ears to hear You. Help them not to lean on their own understanding but to grow in the wisdom You impart to their lives. May they develop patience to wait on You to guide them each day. We thank You today for the gifts of hearing and seeing You. With grateful hearts we pray. Amen.