elijah came home from therapy less than two hours ago, the house is already in shambles. i love it though, because it means he's here. he was super excited to open his backpack, and i can see why. wouldn't you be chomping at the bit to show off a brand new rubbery green snake? he welcomed his new friend into the family by sharing his fruit snacks. he gave snake a bite, then took a bite himself. times twenty. or however many bits are in a bag of welches mixed fruits.
my face hurts from grinning as i type this.
his pretend play? that's a big deal.
praise jesus, it's something we've been seeing more and more of. i was super excited about it all, snapped this picture quick, and then the actual zinger of the day happened. elijah asked for a dum dum lollipop, and i was giddy to give him one. well, my little man pipes up with his choice of flavor..."oh, orange is pre-eeee nice" and. he. picked. orange.
you know that feeling that flutters into your heart when you hear "goodnight, woman, this dinner is amazing!" or "such beautiful work, you're a champion" after you've slaved over a project for months and months? what i feel over this little orange choice and color recognition is bigger than that. 'proud' just doesn't seem to do me justice tonight. so, i smile and i laugh, and cry plenty. gratitude and encouragement have me on my tippy toes.
and for you. i ought to be cooking dinner, but needed to tell you.
that thing you're waiting on? i know waiting is difficult. but take heart tonight. the lover of your soul has something good in store for you. it's probably not what you're envisioning, but it's good for you. he knows what we need and exactly when we need it. make a decision with me. this moment is for trusting him, with our futures unknown. with our dreams and hopes. decide now that you'll praise him no matter what. and if your circumstance seems unchanged, trust him. you can grow in grace, in special fellowship that's richer during waiting. keep your face toward him, i suspect he may bless you with little glimmers of his love that will lift your heart and put a song on your lips. snake snacks and orange lollipops are not what i would have asked for, but they were timely and perfect.
light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.