While We Wait
Yesterday, we were standing around waiting for something. Today, let's figure out some things to occupy our time while we wait. In yesterday's episode of waiting, I watched a sweet little girl playfully do what kids do. They entertain themselves. Strangely, this little girl was not clinging to her mom and throwing temper tantrums about not getting all the candy, trinkets, and gum of which we spoke yesterday. She happened to noticed the small parabolic mirrors attached to the side of every aisle. These mirrors help cashiers check the undercarriage of each cart. Gotta make sure there are no missed items down there.
The bright yellow casing and the unusual image in the mirror must have caught her attention. She wandered over and began to point at her distorted image and jibber jabber. At times, she would sing a song that I couldn't recognize. She was in her own little world as the rest of us (the adults) moved slowly through the cattle chute known as the checkout counter. Admittedly, this little girl was just the right height to see the mirror while we taller folks walked by unaware of the wonders of this bright yellow wonder.
Between her and I, I'm not sure who enjoyed this moment more. She was certainly enthralled with the mirror. I may have been the only adult (perhaps 4-5 others) who noticed her and had my soul calmed and amused by her innocence and childlike demeanor. I watched her mother moved into place to checkout and mom didn't really appear to pay much attention to her daughter. I thought that curious. When mom completed the transaction, she called to her "sweet baby" and the way they went. The little girl ran to her mom and they were gone.
There are moments when God displays the ordinary to magnify the holy.
Adulthood can rob us of those moments and our soul loses something in the exchange.
"O God, how we long to be close to you but allow extraneous things steal our joy and peace. Protect our hearts and minds from waiting, impatience, mistrust, anger, ambivalence, anxiety, broken expectations, and a enough other causes to fill another 300 reams of paper. Give us the heart and mind of a child to see the simplest things can often be the most satisfying. Help us unclutter our lives and teach us to focus upon your holiness, goodness, nearness, and peace. Keep us from becoming so 'adulted' that we lose our inner childlike innocence. Stay near us to fill us with humility, wonder, and joy. If it takes a utility mirror on the side of a checkout counter to remind us then so be it. In the glorious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen"
"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. (Matthew 18:1-5, NIV)