Today I was given a precious gift. I took my son and his friend to the public pool this afternoon and while they swam and played, I got lost in a book I was reading. I was so engrossed with it, I was completely unaware of anything going on around me. After a good while of reading, I finally closed my book, set it aside, and looked out onto the pool.
And there, God gave me a precious gift. As soon as I looked up, I saw my 12 year old son swish down a water slide. When he got up, I watched as an older woman talked to my son and handed him her small grandson, who couldn’t have been more than a year old. As I watched my son carry this stranger’s grandson, I was in awe. It was clear that she had asked him to carry the child to the slide and go down the slide with the little one. My son cheerfully agreed, carefully walked up to the slide, holding this cute little stranger, gingerly sat down with the babe on his lap, and slowly started down the slide, making oohh and ahhh noises as he went. He carefully set the child down on his feet when they reached the bottom and cheerfully handed him over to the woman. It was a beautiful thing to watch my son take so much pride and joy and love in doing this and I was so proud of him. I found myself grinning from ear to ear. As I watched this take place, I couldn’t help thinking how good my twelve year old is with small children. He seems to delight in playing with his two year cousin and he was a natural with this child on the slide. I couldn’t help but wonder if God was giving me some sort of glimpse into His plan for my son–maybe he will work in some way with children when he gets older–maybe not. But I knew at that moment, I was watching love in action.
After another 20 minutes or so, it was time to leave. My son ran over to me with a huge smile and the first thing he said was, “Did you see what I did?” He was so proud of himself!
I knew the moment I watched this wonderful scene that it was a gift God was giving to me. It was a beautiful, precious gift of love and I will always remember it.
When God speaks, it does not have to be a life changing event. It does not have to be in words. It does not even have to make sense. But He speaks to us all the time. He speaks to us in all sorts of ways. All we need to do is open our eyes! He wants us to see the wonders of His love as often as He gives it…always.