Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Ever Have One of Those Days?
Did you ever have one of those days...
when the traffic was too heavy...
and you found out you had to stay at work late practically every day that week...
and your spouse was at home, sick...
and you were worried (again) about getting the bills paid...
And yet, at least for today,
everything was just right with the world, anyway?
I'm happy to report that I'm having one of those. At least since 6 a.m....and its now 2:04.
So I'm doing pretty well.
Today is one of those days when I'm letting God handle everything. All of my problems and concerns. I must say, He's doing great with it all. Awfully darn faithful, Yahweh is.
Today is one of those days when I've allowed myself to see so many of the good things God has been doing in my life lately. I see parts here and there, but probably, I'm too busy a lot of times to catch much of it.
Walking with the baby... she's gotten crafty enough to figure out how to get out of the shoulder restraints. Clever kid, she's getting to be.
We played outside this morning, and spent 30 minutes JUST walking up and down 2 steps on the front porch. Up and down, up and down. And every time she got to the top, we had to clap and say "Yay!!!" I felt like a step-aerobics instructor. Yep...30 minutes of going up and down. Sometimes holding her hand, sometimes she didn't want me to. Up,down.up, Yay! You did it (again!) This was her "thing" for today which was apparently great fun. ;)
Then playing inside, that silly little critter crawled all over me, randomly giving me hugs and kisses. And I had to tell God again, thank you so much, for the unconditional love of toddlers, which reminds me of the unconditional love of God. Where would I be without that?
And learning... which never ends... while she was playing by herself, the baby put one set of toys away before getting out another set of toys. Then did it again a little later. I am making a difference after all! Even when it was time to clean up for naptime, I told her, "Time to clean up!" and all by herself, she put all her containers of toys in the closet. By herself. After I only asked her one time. Oh how I hope this lasts....
The best part though, was naptime. She was so tired (all those steps!) that she fell asleep while I was singing to her. I still held her in my arms. She is getting so big... she barely fits... and she is so heavy. But I kept singing to her anyway, and didn't want to let go.
And I realized, this is exactly what I prayed for.
My mind flashed back to about 2 years ago. I was a special ed teacher in a preschool room. Sometimes I had as many as 18 three and four year olds with disabilities in my room. And there was a little girl with severe challenges that I fell in love with. She took a bottle every morning and liked to be rocked. I wanted sooo badly to do that for her. But I had so many other kids to take care of. So many kids in my face all the time, that I hardly ever got to spend time with this little girl, who loved to curl up in my arms. Most of the time my aid took care of her. And I can remember praying desperately one time, "PLEASE GOD, PLEASE let me have this, a little baby to curl up with and just rock!" Rocking children is something that makes me so happy.
And what a gift to have that now.
So today I bowed my head and told God thank you, thank you so much, for allowing me to have this. As much as I don't deserve it, as much as it seemed impossible-- look what God gave me anyway.
What a good God we serve.
What about you? Ever have one of those days, when everything is right with the world?