In Her I See God's Love
"Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also,
and he praiseth her." Proverbs_31:28
A number of years ago, on a beautiful warm spring day, my wife was in
the kitchen putting the finishing touches on supper. Her day had been
long and tiring. Our daughter burst into the hot, percolating kitchen. It
wasn't her first burst! She had repeatedly slipped into the kitchen just to
be around her mom.
There were no earth shattering needs. She wasn't hurt. There were no
pressing emergencies or great demands. She just wanted to be near. "I
need some ‘tention (attention)," as she put it. Her interruptions were
childish ones. Her need, however, was significant to her mom!
Even the most patient moms reach their limits during supper so it was
suggested that our daughter go play in the yard till supper was ready.
"That’s a great idea," she said, as she flew out the door.
Of course, it wasn't long 'till she bounced in with a handful of wilting
buttercups for mommy to put in water. A few minutes later, in she flew
again. This time she was stuttering with excitement. She had forgotten to
tell mommy about the huge, scary bee she had seen on the flowers. Ten
minutes later, just as we were getting ready to eat, in she bounced
again.This time she held up her crayon drawing.It was done in the "Early
Preschool Impressionistic" motif -- you know. "Wow! That’s beautiful,
what do you call it?" Stage.
As my wife stirred gurgling pans of food, put vegetables into serving
bowls and ice into glasses, she managed somehow to maintain eye
contact, keep up with the conversation and look at the beautiful work of
In the picture was a house. There were also flowers. Then there was a
huge bee. The bee was bigger than the house and the flowers
combined! Down in the bottom were loops, scratches and a heart: "Look,
it says ‘I love you mommy’" our little angel declared. Bowls were put
down, preparation came to a stop, and as she gathered our daughter in
her arms and gave her a big hug and kiss, she said: "I love you too!"
God used this moment to reveal something of Himself to me. You see, my
wife didn't tell our little girl, "Listen, I've got important things to
do." She didn't say, "Wait a minute, talk to me like an adult or I won't listen."
She never demanded, "Go back and draw your picture in the right pro-
portions." No, for a crucial moment, a moment that may not be
consciously remembered but will forever will be etched our little girl’s
heart, she was loved and received attention from the most important
person in her life!
God is that way. He doesn't push us aside because he has more
important things to do. He doesn't make us have to be impressive in our
speech so we can be heard by him. He doesn't ask us to get our
problems and our world in the right proportions. In fact, when we come
into His presence, He drops everything and gives us His undivided
attention: the attention from the most important person in our lives.
Who could ask anything more of a mother, or from The Father?!
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who reveres
the Lord will be praised." Proverbs_31:30
. . . most of us are lured away from the important things. We get
distracted by the shiny things, the deceptive and fleeting things. But
when a woman fears the Lord and puts His will first in her life and the
life of her family, she is to be praised.
Why? Well, because He said so. But if you look carefully at verse 30,
you know why -- she has invested her life in what really matters.
The real superstar women in our world are not the shooting stars who
twinkle for a while in People Magazine® or a Barbara Walters Special.
No, the true superstar women are known by their service to those they
love. Now it's up to us to make sure these stars know just how super
we think they are! -Heartlight
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