Thursday, October 6, 2011
Out of the mouths of babes...or the heart of a young lady.
There are so many times that we or I can think of all the negative words, actions, motives, etc...that are taking place within our family unit. Constantly dealing with 9 naturally selfish people can be draining sometimes and difficult as well. It is only by the grace of God that any of us can break away from that nature and truly become unselfish which results in a much better home life.
I did not think that an incident that happened 9:30 last night would prove to be a life-learning lesson for me and one of my children. As I was putting away our food to go into the refrigerator I knocked my beloved olive oil dispenser (that was recently filled to the top) off the counter and onto the floor it crashed. The glass broke into a ton of different pieces and the oil filled the floor and splattered onto the walls. What a mess...had it been one of the children I am afraid I may have gotten angry with them. Since it was me, I just wanted to cry because I really felt like I was being careful and it was an accident. So glad it was me and not them. I wanted to say many things, but decided to keep my mouth shut and begin cleaning. Other than Keith, I was the only one able to clean because of the potential to get cut. By the time I finished, I thought "Oh well, it was just some of my favorite olive oil and my favorite oil dispenser. These are just things. We will replace them one day."
Madison (12) had been washing up some dishes and watching the entire thing. I could have screamed and hollered easily, but thankfully the Lord helped me keep my emotions in check.
Last night, on his way to bed, Keith found a note at the top of our steps addressed to me and him. This morning he gave it to and told me to read it. The note was from Madison, and inside of it was all the money that she had. She wanted me to know that the Lord had been leading her to give it away and now she had a person to give it to. She asked that I buy some more oil and a new dispenser. You don't know how good it was to see one of your children fulfilling an act that is so pleasing to the Father. Pastor Johnny Hunt is one of the most giving people I know and he is always encouraging us to do the same. He says we are never more like Jesus than when we give. It is catching on and the Holy Spirit is doing a work. How could I give back money (and I so wanted to) to someone that believes this is exactly what God wanted her to do.
We are going to get some more oil and I am going to let her pick out the new dispenser. It will forever be a reminder to me of the generous act and manifestation of the Lord at work in the hearts of our children. Don't give up....for in due season you shall reap.
Thankful for the loving heart of our oldest,
"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." Galatians 6:9