Wise Wednesday ~ 3/8/17

“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”‘
Matthew 19:14 (NIV)

Time With Carson

My soul can get weary.  Been there? For me, it’s the striving I think.  Maybe it’s the same for you or maybe something else takes its toll on your soul. No matter how it gets that way, having a drained soul weighs you down. Joy is hard to find. Peace seems out of reach. And the energy to love as we should? Not there, disconnected, out of order.

I found myself in just such a place not too long ago. While blessings abounded around me, inside that most sacred place I felt hollow. It’s not that I’m ungrateful for all I have or don’t recognize God working in my life: I am and I do.  It may be those very things that shout and echo against the walls of my tired soul; “God has abundantly blessed you so Do more! Be more!” And then I don’t……I’m not…..My soul sighs.

It so happens that at the very time my soul felt depleted, I was privileged to babysit my wonderful grandson, Carson!  It may have appeared that I was taking care of him, but from milk and Mickey first thing in the morning until bedtime stories and goodnight prayers at the end of the day, Carson was mending my soul.

“And he said:  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3 (NIV)

Who’d have guessed that playing at the park, throwing sticks in a pond, or a walk along the creek would revive my tired soul? I watched as he stooped low to get an up close look at moss growing on a rock, spotted a bird gliding high across the sky, laughed at leaves on the wind, nestled in a pile of well loved blankets to fall asleep, and when afraid to go down the slide alone? He kept his eyes on me, let go of the sides, and sailed down into my waiting arms!

“Change and become like little children.” My time with Carson reminded me to: like him, engage in the world around me, find joy in little things, rest in the knowledge that I am loved, and most importantly:  to take my eyes off myself, loosen the grip I have on wanting control, and trust that even when I’m not sure what’s waiting for me; I know WHO’s waiting for me!

Children really DO heal our souls if we’ll only watch, listen, and learn to humble ourselves to become more like them.  Of course, this MiMi thinks Carson is the cutest, smartest, strongest, most talented child of all! (I’m sure you know one of those too!) When he puts his little hand in mine and looks up at me with his perfect tiny toothed grin my heart overflows with unconditional love and I want nothing more than to be sure he knows he’s treasured! And isn’t that just like God? He waits for us to put our hand with childlike wonder in his, look to him, and to know without a doubt that we are precious and loved.  To become more like a child, HIS child……now that’s refreshing to the soul!

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12 thoughts on “Wise Wednesday ~ 3/8/17

  1. Amanda

    I loved reading this Cindy, you are a talented writer — to be able to connect words for inspiration, with feelings and impressions — and be brave enough to share, is amazing to me!

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    1. Cindy Post author

      Bless you, Amanda! I truly love to write but no doubt the words are inspired by God. I have much to learn and sharing my writing helps me more than anyone! Thank you for your very kind words!

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  2. Rachelle Craig

    This is beautiful Cindy! You are so right! I can be having one of the worst days and if one of my grandblessings walk in the room, it’s like a ray of sunshine wrapped in God’s blessings! Thank you for reminding me today to take the time to enjoy and rejoice in even the smallest things!

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    1. Cindy Post author

      I love that Rachelle! “Grandblessings”! And “a ray of sunshine wrapped in God’s blessings” Your words just bring a smile to my face! Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stop here and comment. It means so much to me!

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  3. Lucy

    That’s the blessing of having Grandchilden. I feel when our children were little we were so busy working that we didn’t get to actually enjoy them like we do with a Grandchild. Life is less hectic and somehow we now get to notice every little thing with them. Having a Grandchild brings us back to the baic, simple joys of life; nothing else matters. It’s that kind of love that male’s our hearts feel like it’s going to explode. The first time Jasper called me “Grandma”; one of the best days of my life!

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    1. Cindy Post author

      You’re right Lucy! Being a grandparent is completely different than being a parent! I never expected it to be as overwhelmingly wonderful as it is! Thank you for your wonderful thoughts and for taking the time to comment! I so appreciate it!

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  4. Barb

    Sis you do amaze me! Thank you I needed this as well as people that are in hard times. Thank you for reminding us it is really quite simple. Hang on to Him, Look to Him and Love Him with everything we have. And in that our soul is blessed and refreshed. Thank you for your wise words.

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    1. Cindy Post author

      Thank you for your words of support! Yes, we simply need to hang on to Him, just wish I’d remember that more often! Love you!

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