Our youngest granddaughter is with us four days a week while her parents work. Not having typical work hours, she stays with us into the evening.
Once supper is over and the kitchen is cleaned up, she asks to go play “shadows” in my bedroom. She gets her small flashlight from the draw, and her treasure map, and down the hall we go.
We make shadows with the flashlight, and after a bit, her imagination takes over. We “fish” off the side of our bed, we use our binoculars to look for sea creatures, and might even go for a swim. We may lay on our backs on the floor and camp out, watching for the light of the moon and stars, or even a shooting star.
Recently as we lay on our back, yes, all three of us, she was in the middle between my husband and I. We were watching TV while on the floor, but in her imagination, we were camping out in our sleeping bags, watching TV on a computer.
She’s not even paying attention to the television as she is making conversation with us about the important aspects of life to a toddler:
- “Why does it have to be dark to make shadows?”
- “Are we going to go on vacation soon?”
- “Can we go to the Disney castle for vacation?”
- “Can we sleep in the castle when we go?”
She gets quiet and I thought perhaps she is watching the PBS program now for a bit. But then she turns to me, and pokes my nose as she says, “Mimi, I love you so much!” She rolls to the other side, pokes my husband’s nose and says, “Poppy, I love you too!”
But then the most amazing words come out of her mouth. She pokes her own nose and says, “And I love myself!”
I have been thinking of the night for several days now. The statement was not one made from an air of superiority. Her words revealed a contentment and acceptance of herself.
The statement stemmed from knowing she was loved, and then loved others. It was the overflow of a heart of love, and it has brought a few lessons:
- We need to know and be confident that we are loved by God. “The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness” (Jeremiah 31:3, NASB).
- We need to love God in return. “And He said to him, “”˜You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
(Matthew 22:37, NASB)
“I love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.”
(Psalm 18:1-3, NASB)
Let’s admit it – There are times we just get tired and weary. But God promises to give new strength to those who wait upon Him. ““Whatever circumstances we find ourselves in today, may we choose to meet with the Living God in the secret place ”“ for when we draw near to God, He is faithful to draw near to us.” Read the entire post by Lisa Blair HERE and be encouraged.
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