Yesterday, was the “day of all days” for my little 3-year old, turning 4. Her birthday! The girl wasn’t asking for much…no toys, no gifts…she only wanted one thing: to be like mommy. And, she only had one request: to get her nails painted. So, although I figured she was way too young for this, I scuttled her off in the car, expectant of what God would do for her – only later, becoming completely surprised about what he did – for me.
At the nail store, little sweetheart was mesmerized by all the rainbow colors, the nail tools and her mom – she kept smiling, giving me the thumbs up and delighting in how all the “big” people in the salon were saying hi to her.
All was happy. But, then they moved her chair – and rather than her being right next to me, she was across the store.
All I could think was:
I’m missing her moment!
I’ve got to see my daughter!
Can I smile at her from here?
Leaning my head to the left and right, trying to view her through a slat, aiming to give her my best look, I suddenly was struck…
God looks at me the same way: he wants to see me, delight with me and enjoy my moments.
Just as I want to bless my daughter, God wants to bless me too.
Just as I want to delight in her special moments, God wants to delight with me.
Just as I am thrilled to see her joy, God is thrilled over my joy as well.
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Mt. 7:7)
Later, after we got home and she showed off her nails to her brother and daddy, I thought about the little gift, the one wrapped all up in the top of the: a new dress. Specifically the one I told her in the store was, “too expensive.”
I bought it for her. And all my mind kept returning to was the moment she opened it: her face, her delight, her life, her thrill.
God sees us too, as we open his best gifts: our face, our delight, our life, our thrill.
There is no shame in enjoying his good things. Our good, good daddy delights in the giving and he loves our receiving his very best.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from (our) Father…” (Ja. 1:17)
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