This morning has been a beautiful time of enjoying the nice weather while sitting on the back screen porch in the wicker chair with the comfy pillows. Bird watching, eating breakfast and drinking hot tea with my precious 4-year-old son who was sitting in the other big comfy wicker chair doing the same.
He LOVES ladybugs! And they seem to love him, too. Seems there is always one somewhere near him...they even mysteriously find him in the house. He tries to trap them sometimes so they won't fly away. Other times he has one crawling on his shirt as he walks around the house. They are his "buddies". And he "wuvs" them, as he says. He has even said that the ladybug is his "best friend".
So, while he was playing with one on the porch this morning, he spotted another even bigger one. As he was trying to catch that one, it managed to crawl in the tiny space between the planks of the floor of the porch, and then it made its way outside of our screened-in area via its little tiny space. He was soooo disappointed. He wanted to catch his ladybug friend, but it had gotten away. So, now he wanted to go outside and catch it, since he could still see it. Now, he was still in his cute striped pajamas and socks. So...I convinced him that he had to change clothes and put on shoes before he could go trampling around outside trying to catch it. (I know, I know...I'm a bummer of a mom!) ;) Anyway, with his new goal in mind, he ran to his room with me and we found him some play clothes and his "favorite, cool blue tennis shoes" (that are really almost too small for him now). We got him all dressed for the task at hand...all the while I knew what would soon be coming that he had forgotten about, hence why I made him get fully dressed in play clothes.
Then, just as we came back out on the porch and he was making his way down the steps into the back yard to go catch his ladybug (who was now no longer visible...but he was determined!)...I alerted him to what was off in the not-too-far-off distance in the back yard...Pops (my father-in-law) had his truck backed up with a trailer FULL of DIRT being emptied right there in our back yard!!!! A boy's dream!!!
What ladybug!?! The little man went running full force straight to the mountain of dirt!!! "Pops, this is sooo cool!!!", he was yelling over and over as he ran. WOW! And, of course he dove in head first! Then he proceeded to climb up one side and dive down the other riding on his belly all the way. Then, he climbed back up to the tip-top and stood with his arms out to his sides, wind blowing his jacket in the air (picture the scene from Titanic) and he yelled over and over, "I'm the King of the Mountain! Everybody see me!?!"
What a hey-day! Fun times! And to think...if he wouldn't have listened to me, he might have stayed focused on that little ladybug and missed the whole thing...at least for that moment. (And it's supposed to rain a good bit later, so really, this might be his one chance for the day to play in the fresh dirt.)
You see, I knew all of the above was in the plans for the day. I knew the big picture all along. Therefore, I guided him carefully in when and how to get dressed as well as what to pay attention to at just the right time. I let him enjoy his little ladybug for the time he needed to, but when I knew something better was coming soon, I prepared him at just the right time for it. Then, when it arrived, I made sure to direct him to it so that he could enjoy every minute possible of it.
Though I am in no way comparing myself to God, this scenario is much like what He does for us, His children. He knows the BIG picture...He is the one who not only knows all of the plans, but has made them. He knows what we love, what excites us, what refreshes us, what we need, what we want...He created us with all of those desires and emotions. He also knows what can ultimately hurt us that seems good for the moment, and even what is good and okay for the moment but may cause us to miss out on a much bigger blessing and joy if we don't follow His redirection at just the right time. We often kick and scream when He tries to redirect us from what we think is best for us, like my son could have done (and often would have done)...but thankfully for him, this time, he didn't...all he had to do was turn his eyes a few inches in a different direction and...OH, MAN!...A MOUNTAIN OF DIRT!!! Same goes with us...just a few inches of adjustment in our view and...OH, MAN!...blessings beyond our wildest dreams!!!! Ones He knew and planned all along for us, and even gently, secretly prepared us for all along as well. But ones we were completely oblivious to until they are right there in front of our eyes!
"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." (Proverbs 16:9)
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." (Proverbs 19:21)
"But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations." (Psalm 33:11)
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
"Let him not deceive himself by trusting in what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return." (Job 15:31)
"He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare." (Psalm 40:3-5)
"Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture." (Psalm 37:3)
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
"Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD." (Proverbs 16:20)
"He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe." (Proverbs 28:26)
"Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?" (Isaiah 2:22)
"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." (Isaiah 30:21)
There I go again...getting carried away with His word! Hope you were encouraged and maybe even convicted by some or all of the above, as I am.
I know that I was meant to share this, because I have this nasty little computer bug that only rears its head every once in a while...and it did several times while I was trying to copy and paste those verses. The first time, my heart sunk for a second because I thought I had lost ALL of the stuff above the verses! And then as I was beginning to try to retype it, I remembered that Blogger has this wonderful "Autosave" that creates a draft for you throughout your typing! Thank God for Autosave! I merely had to come back in and edit the last draft that was saved to complete the post. And...I figured a way around that little bug! ;)
So...can't wait to hear what He is speaking to each of your hearts through this lesson in ladybugs and dirtpiles!
Guess I better go do some constructive things around the house now...and mentally prepare myself for the inevitable DIRT BATH of the 4 year old! HaHa! Maybe Daddy or Pops will take that one on for me! We'll see...
(I am re-posting this for two reasons: 1) For my newer followers, in case you haven't come across it yet, and 2) I am entering a contest on The MOB Society's blog. Go check it out!)