"OK, sweetie, we'll be right here when you get back."
Three-year-old Erin made her way to the bathroom while her brother Craig and I continued a wicked game of PreSkool pool. Eventually I became aware of a little voice wafting its way up the stairs.
"Miss Kee-um!, Miss Kee-um!"
Assuming Erin needed help completing the job she'd left to do, I went to the bathroom door and peaked in. Erin, who is no bigger than a minute, was sitting on the outer edge of the big people's toilet, with plenty of room to spare. Her little bottom hung balanced precariously on the front rim, and her chin was resting in her hands, with her elbows on her knees. It was quite a sight. I opened the door a bit wider.
"What do you need, hon?"
"Will you sing to me?"
"Well, uh, sure. What would you like to hear?"
"Chuhch sawngs," she replied.
"Ah--church songs! OK, Erin. Church songs it is." So there we were: a single adult woman singing "Jesus Loves Me" to a constipated three year old.
Several songs later, the task was completed and Erin ran up the stairs, totally unaware of the lesson she’d taught me: If you're going to be stuck for awhile in unpleasant circumstances, you might as well enjoy some tunes!
Or as Paul the prisoner wrote: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4).
Beautiful post! I especially enjoyed it as this morning my post asked the question..."What have you started that you need to finish?" I laughed when I realized it. God can use anything, even a toddler needing to be sung to to finish, to confirm what He is telling us to do. Thank you for sharing this today. I am visiting from Wholehearted Home.ReplyDelete
Have a great Wed.!
Thank you, Joanne! Yes, God can, and does, use many "ordinary" moments of our days to teach us BIG lessons, doesn't He? Thanks for reading and taking time to post such an encouraging comment. God bless you abundantly!ReplyDelete
Ha. This makes me smile. :-) It's the little things that can mean a lot. Glad you were accommodating with your singing.ReplyDelete
Thanks for taking time to read and comment, Lisa! Yes, it is often in the small things that God has a big message for us! (And by the way, I am of the "joyful noise" category of singers, but Erin loved it all the same!Delete
I can see you doing this, Kim. And I imagine that Erin knew you were the one to ask : )ReplyDelete
Yes, we all need "church sawngs" to get us through our day.
I appreciate your ongoing encouragement, Gail. Yes, Erin probably knew that I was up to the challenge, but she couldn't have known how her child-like faith continues to bless me to this day--She graduated from college this year! I love how God "speaks" to us :)Delete
WOW! This made me smile and cry...this little girl is now a confident, independent, college graduated adult that has moved to the West coast. She is still teaching people that she can rejoice in the Lord in every situation. Thank you for sharing Kim!ReplyDelete
Cheryl, I can't imagine all the feelings this brought to you: being the wonderful mother of this wonderful girl! Yes, she was a little teacher all those years ago, and now as a recent college grad, God has expanded her "classroom"! Thank you for raising such a marvelous young woman! I thank God for her, and you!Delete
What a wonderful lesson for all of us! thank you for sharing this. It made me smile.ReplyDelete
Linda, thank you for taking time to read and leave encouraging comments! I am glad this made you smile!Delete