-by Mary May Larmoyeux– As you go about the ordinary things in life, have you ever wondered, Does God care about me? I think He does, and was reminded of this when my husband, Jim, and I FaceTimed some of our grandchildren.
While doing this, our nine-year-old grandson pulled out a metal lunchbox and, with a twinkle in his eye, asked: “Guess what’s inside?”
Without any hesitation I said: ”Some kind of bug.”
Jim and I watched as he opened the lid to the lunchbox, pulled out two crumpled sheets of white tissue paper, and then took out a huge, long, brown, slimy earthworm. Being all boy, next he put the worm on a wooden table … so we could actually watch it slide, inch by inch.
Although separated by hundreds of miles, Jim and I connected to the heart of our grandson that day. Knowing that we FaceTime at the same time every week, he had intentionally saved a special treasure for his Nana and Pops to see.
The value of an earthworm
In the economy of life, an earthworm does not have much value. But to me, watching a slimy earthworm creep along the table was priceless. Our grandson was saying that he cared about his Nana and Pops. That he wanted to share something with us that had brought him great delight.
I think God feels the same way when we come to Him to talk about the things in our lives that bring us delight. Like the wonder of witnessing brilliant sunrises and sunsets that put bookends to long days … the welcome embrace of a loved one, or even the wagging tail of the family dog. How often do I stop and talk to God (pray) about everyday wonders, praising Him for giving them to me?
The answer is, not enough. Too often I just take them for granted and don’t even think about the possibility of my delight bringing Almighty God pleasure. I forget about the words of Psalm 149:4, “For the Lord takes pleasure in his people.”
I recently did something different while looking at the evening sky. I stopped and thanked God for the good day. “I had such a wonderful time visiting with the grandkids,” I said. “Thank you, God, for relationships. Thank you for my family.”
So does God care about you? Does He care about me? I think He deeply cares about His children. That He finds delight in our sharing our hearts with him, just as I found delight in my grandson telling me about his earthworm.
What relationship have you enjoyed today, what yellowed envelope did you stumble on that reminded you of a loved one of long ago? What four-legged companion made you feel so cared for? What has reminded you of God’s care?
© 2016, 2017 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
If you would like some creative ideas for grandparents, check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)