Monday, September 29, 2008

Unexpected Blessing

Today I had an unexpected blessing. My middle daughter E had a fever and had to stay home from school. Granted, when I first realized that my well-planned day was shot I did not see it as a blessing, but I tried to make the best of it. After the medicine kicked in and E was feeling better we decided to go to lunch together. This in and of itself was special because she generally has to share her time with her sisters.

As we were eating, I told E I loved her. She told me she loved me back and then we began playing a silly game we sometimes play comparing my love with her with her love for me. I always tell her there is no way she can love me more than I love her. Suddenly her eyes well with tears and she tells me "Mommy I love you so much that it makes me cry." OK, I lost it. We both sat there with tears streaming down our faces, with her telling me she wished she could have a fever every day so she could spend more time with me, and how she was so thankful for me being her Mommy and for all the things I do for her. We ended the meal with her snuggled up next to me, still crying and talking about how special our time together was.

Now, more than likely she was too heavily medicated.

But still.

And I really needed the encouragement after S poured green food coloring into every possible crevice in her body last night. (And I do mean EVERY possible crevice). Fortunately, she went to preschool today with only one green toe and slight traces of green under her fingernails.

The Lord reinforced to me today the verse from Proverbs 16:9- "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." God wants to be in charge of our day every single day, and His purposes will prevail, even we have carefully made plans. So many times He has to stop me in my tracks so that I don't miss what he has to show me.

Thank you Lord for my interrupted day and the gift of extra time with my daughter. May I always seek to use my time wisely and for Your glory.



Gwendolyn said...

What a sweet moment with your daughter! It's so wonderful when we are given blessings like that. :o)

Belinda said...

What a wonderful story! I do hope that I can raise my boys with them knowing how much I love them and count them as my blessings, as your daughter obviously knows you do! Well done!

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kerry said...

I am crying just reading about this. I think that days like these keep moms going. God is SO good to give us these much needed times.

Erin Joye said...

Lisa, this is so precious! It's amazing how God often times uses "little interruptions" (in our eyes), to show us the greatest blessings of our lives. So thankful He showed you Himself in such a precious way.