On Saturday, I had a brief moment when I was feeling a little down. It was crazy, I had just had a nice lunch with two new friends and our little boys. (Hey Zoe & Wehti, shout back if you’re reading this.) I read an email before I went in the house, and the news didn’t go as I had hoped or expected. I got the boys out of their coats, then I just needed a moment. I told my four year old to go in the living room with daddy and I closed my bedroom door. As I was laying across the bed, sighing heavily, I could hear my son say, “Daddy, I know where mommy is. She is in the room, and she didn’t want me to come in. ” Then what was kind of comical is that I could hear him gossiping about me. I kept hearing, and Mommy, and Mommy. I couldn’t hear exactly what he was saying because my younger boy kept bellowing Maa-maay! Maa-Maay! Though I wasn’t happy about the news I received, I began to slowly shift my thoughts to the fact that I wanted to get the little guy his first real haircut today. It was prompted because I tried to give him a scissor cut earlier during the week and lets just say it went badly… very badly. (This is an appropriate place to have a brief moment of silence. – Amen) He also has the habit of rubbing food and condiments in his hair. There were still ketchup remnants from lunch beginning to cake up. It was almost 4pm. I needed to get up, get in the moment, and get to the barber shop before it closed.
My husband, the boys and I piled into the truck and pumped the little guy up about this BIG BOY thing that he was about to do. He was cool with sitting in the big chair, but when he heard the sound of the clippers, he didn’t look so confident. He began to reach for me and I held his hand, reassuring him that everything was alright. But when he heard the clippers again… he was like, this ain’t gonna happen! Then the barber had an idea, he handed my little guy a grape dum dum lollipop. My kids know that I don’t really like them eating a lot of candy. My son looked at the candy then back at me for the ok to grab it. When I said ok, he took that dum dum so fast and he enjoyed it! Boy, did he ever! Grape dum dum drool saturated the barber’s cape. The boy didn’t care one bit. The barber was able to cut baby boy’s hair without any issues. My son didn’t even need to hold my hand. He changed his focus. He was now overly consumed with the sweetness of the grape dum dum lollipop.
When the barber was done. My little guy said, Mommy, I DID IT! At this point of course he was overly showered with kisses. It was a great moment!
There’s a saying, that if you can change your focus, you can change your life. Often times, when you change your focus, blessings can come to you. You may find that the sweet things in life can happen for you; maybe even overflow like grape drool dum dum juice 🙂 I pray that you have an overflow of sweetness happen in your life; enough to share with others. Don’t forget me when it does 🙂
This morning as I was taking my older son to school, I was waiting to make a U-turn. At the view point of this turn, on coming traffic is facing you, and you can also see anyone who is trying to turn onto the main street from any of the side streets. As I made my turn, I noticed that the car coming from one of the side streets also turned. I had enough time to brake. When she saw how close we were, it scared her. She mouthed the word, Oh fudge! (give or take a few letters) What was funny is that she was also going to the daycare, which is in a church (lol). She saw me also pull into the parking lot. I saw her trying to walk in quickly, I guess to avoid the awkwardness of the moment. I caught up with her in the school and I said, Hi Ms., I saw you when you made the turn. I know that I scared you because you didn’t see me. I also saw you say, Oh F! Embarrassed, she said, “You saw that? I’m sorry” and we both chuckled.
As I was driving back home, I could hear this thought, Even when you are scared. When things happen that you are not expecting, God sees it all. Nothing, not one thing is a surprise to Him. He not only sees me, He knows me. And all things, even the things that hurt and don’t make sense will always work together for my good. Because I qualify for Romans 8:28. (Do you qualify? Look it up.)
I want to end today’s blog with Psalm 139. I love verse 14! This is the New Living Translation. I wanted to get a version without the “thees and thous” just in case anyone feelth intimidated by the Bible. This is just love being poured out in verse form. I hope that you get it, embrace it and take it as our own.
Psalm 139: 1-18
1 A psalm of David. O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. 2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. 3 You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. 4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. 5 You both precede and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know! 7 I can never escape from your spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. 9 If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, 10 even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. 11 I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night — 12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you. 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — and how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!