The little girl eyed her treasure with great appreciation. Her father had given it to her with special instructions. The gift was precious. It wasn’t an “everyday use” kind of gift. In fact, it really shouldn’t be used until the “proper time”. He was pleased to give it to her and he wanted her to enjoy it. He even wanted her to have it before she could fully appreciate it – so that she could learn to appreciate it.
He would keep it high on a shelf where it could be protected until its proper time for use. But occasionally, they could take it down together and, under his watchful eye, she could hold it, inspect it, wonder about it, dream about the day that it could be fully utilized…
Remember the children’s book about the little bird who couldn’t find it’s mama?
It went from animal to animal asking “are you my mother?”
The following is a creative spin on that as imagined by this long-term Singleton.
Thank you, P.D. Eastman for the inspiration!
To every girl, everywhere, of every age…
who has ever looked for, will look for, is looking for…
May you find Him – and live happily ever after.
A young girl grew into a young woman. Though she really wanted the best life had to offer – she was a bit impatient to wait for it. She was ready (at least in her mind). She was ready.
People who loved and cared about her had helped her along. They had given her the best example they could. They had offered her advice. They had even tried to protect her and keep her from getting hurt. But she was young. And she was ready.
Who’s watching you?
Like not in a creepy, I’m-in-your-house-horror-movie-kind-of-way…but who’s watching how you do life on a day-to-day basis?
If you’re thoughtful about it for a minute, you’ll probably come up with the usual suspects: spouse, kids, co-workers, friends, bible study group (for you pious — *wink*) …but what about the rest of the world? What about the people who see you outside your “protective, I’m-a-nice-guy bubble”? What about the young kid getting ready to check you out at the grocery store – wondering just how ornery you’ll be after having to wait for umpteen price checks and double coupon day? What about the woman at the airline gate – already in the midst of dealing with 20 other passengers who will likely miss their connecting flight because of weather.
And it’s not just how you engage in potentially crabby situations either. What about when your server forgets to add the appetizer to your bill? Or when you get credit for your colleague’s great idea?
Things that didn’t exist before come into being.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
“But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.