There’s something about a toddler’s demeanor that forces you to SLOW down (like it or not) and appreciate the smaller things in life. Things like blowing dandelions, jumping in mud puddles, and watching airplanes just mesmerizes toddlers! Most of the time, I enjoy these little moments but then, there are other times when God causes a disruption in my schedule and I usually don’t appreciate those times as much. It is during those disruptions that God uses things that my two year old says to whack me over the head with some humility and compassion.
Just the other day, I was driving home and trying to make good time. (Because let’s face it, it was almost nap time and my toddler definitely needed a nap). I was at a four way stop light waiting to turn left when the turn signal turned green. Perfect! It was my turn to go, so go I did… Until, the 18 wheeler in front of me decided to turn in to the service station immediately on his right after making the left turn. This would have been fine had the 18 wheeler pulled all the way IN to the service station, but NO. He stops halfway in the service station parking lot making it impossible for anyone to get by or go around him. This left me and the car behind me in the middle of traffic. Ugh… I was so annoyed. Frustrated, I said “Ugh, did you HAVE to block traffic?!?” Immediately my 2 year old (very aware of his surroundings) says, “Uh oh Mommy, Is da truck stuck?” I then somewhat sarcastically replied with, “No buddy, he’s not stuck. He just decided to stop so now he’s in the way and we can’t get by. It’s ok though, we’ll just turn around.” (I know, not one of my finer moments.) Without missing a beat, he replies,
“Mommy, can we help him since he in da way?” Oh but he didn’t stop there, “MOMMY!! Can we pwease help da big truck?”
OUCH! Here I was all caught up in my selfish thoughts of needing to get home, and my little guy just wants to HELP the truck. I was immediately humbled and convicted that sometimes I just need to SLOW DOWN and be more concerned about those around me than I am about myself.
Though I so enjoy the little fun moments when they are planned and I have plenty of time to spare, I’m slowly learning that it’s not MY time to spare anyway..It’s God’s! So, an inconvenient ‘moment’ is still a blessing and perhaps even more so than one I ‘planned for’.
And wouldn’t you know, after we turned around and had to go the other way since the 18 wheeler blocked us in, we caught a train! My son LOVES to catch trains. Not only did we catch the train, but we were the 2nd car in line, so my little guy had a front row seat (equivalent to winning the lottery in his mind)! His excitement made it all worth while of course.
“”Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”” Matthew 21:16.