One specific family that I have come to care for dearly has taught me more than I can type in one post.
This family did not get life served to them on a perfectly clean plate, to say the least. But they are a group of people that I look up to greatly.
A few days ago I found myself is the storm called lunch time. With children all around not wanted to eat their sandwiches, begging me to just let them enjoy their ice cream. I found myself getting frustrated. I looked at the little two year old boy, who was screaming bloody murder because I wouldn’t let him out of his high chair unti he had one more bite of his sandwhich, in my mind I wanted to give him my stern you better do what I say now or there is going to be issues look, but I didn’t.
He is only two, and while giving him a stern look and a serious tone might make me feel better it was highly unlikely to be effective with him.
I looked at him and In my ‘I’m talking to a two year old voice’ I said to him. “Daniel will you please eat one more bite on your sandwich for me?”
That little boy, without even blinking said, clear as day. “OK!”
He picked up that sandwhich and took a bite. I, sticking to my word, unbuckled him from his seat and off he ran to his next activity, happy as could be.
As I was driving home later that day I found myself reflecting on that sandwhich incident. I came to realize that often times in life we are that two year old, stuck in the high chair screaming and crying to get out so we can get on to our activities. And life, well. Life can tend to be that sandwhich. That one load of laundry we should fold before taking a nap. That one apology text we know we need to send to somebody we snapped at earlier that day.
We kick and scream bloody murder hoping God will let us go about our activities without finishing our sandwhich.
Little do we, that innocent litte two year old, know that that sandwhich holds all the energy and encouragement we need to get throughout the rest of our day.
As I go into a summer full of fun nights with my friends and great laughs with my family I encourage myself, and you as well.
To eat the sandwhich.