Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Thankful Heart

When was the last time God spoke to you through a toddler?

For me, it was just a few days ago.

I was at my friend's house and she had just seated her son at the table with his snack. A very nice bowl full of grapes and strawberries.
With that, she and I sat down on the couch to talk. We hadn't been talking for more than a few minutes when Caleb dropped a grape on the floor and became quite distressed. "Can't eat it. Can't eat it," he kept saying. But Amber encouraged him to choose another one from the bowl to eat.
Which he did.
Then he dropped a strawberry. And became a little more distressed. (Can't blame him, really. I mean, it was a strawberry.)
Amber and I looked at each other and sighed. She told me it is not uncommon for Caleb to get upset about dropping food on the floor and not being able to eat it. But she and I both knew there was a bowl full of perfectly good grapes and strawberries sitting right in front of him. She and I both knew it was silly for him to get so upset about the two pieces that had fallen to the floor. And we both looked at that distressed little boy and wished he would understand the wisdom our years have earned us.

And that is when God spoke to my heart through a toddler.

I looked at Amber and said, "I wonder how many times God looks at us the same way we're looking at Caleb right now. Wonder how many times we're distressed about something we can't have and God knows all we need is sitting right in front of us. I imagine sometimes He would like to say to us, Honey, don't worry about what you don't have. Look at what you DO have."
And the two of us proceeded to have a great conversation about having thankful hearts, and trusting God.

What's sitting right in front of you today, for which you can give thanks to God?



Mari said...

So true! I think God shakes his head at me quite often. Thanks for sharing this one!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Karen. A very good reminder today. One I really need to focus more on.


luvmy4sons said...

So many lessons learned from small children! Hope your trip was good!

On Purpose said...

Intent to live today focusing on what I DO have! Thank you Karen!

gianna said...

I'm going to keep this in mind as I usually think this first thing in the morning, "can't get more sleep. can't get more sleep." But it's a new day! I get to spend it being a mom! Would I trade that for more sleep? (honestly? some days, TOTALLY! but I guess, not really.)

O Mom said...

That is such a perfect pictuer. I am choosing to see all the grapes and straberries I have right in front of me today and not worry about those that have dropped!
Thank you :)
I gave you a little award on my blog today!! :)

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Great question, Karen.

What is sitting right in front of me for which I can give thanks? Several one on one ministry opportunities...touching the lives of women in a much deeper way than I probably could if they were to come to an event to hear me speak.

My passion is speaking and teaching, yet at this season, I must bend my knees to the opportunities for unique one on one ministry to precious women.


Kelly Combs said...

Another example of a little child leading. And thank you for sharing your wisdom.

Have a great day!!

kreed said...

Ummmmm...yeah. I am afraid I can't hear God speaking to me right now over the temper tantrums of my toddler! :)

Angie Muresan said...

Oh yes! Isn't that so? There is so much I can and am thankful for, my family, my health, my job, all are blessings from God.