Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Joy in the moment of a Smile

"How do you get anything done?"  a friend asks as she holds my two month old son, enjoying every smile and coo that he gives.  "I'd just want to hold him like this all day!"  

The new smile that lights up his face stops strangers in their tracks at the grocery store.  Everywhere I go, people ask about him, stopping to enjoy a moment of the joy and wonder that babies bring with them.

His smile seems so pure.  He's helpless and doesn't know much. He's needy and can't do anything for himself. However,  he knows how to rest and be joyful in my presence.  He knows that I'll keep him safe, feed him, clean him, and love on him.  He desperately depends on me to do so.  At this point in life, he looks to me for everything, and he smiles joyfully knowing that he has all that he needs.  This simple faith knows more than me.

Every time he smiles at me, I melt.  Lost in the moment, nothing else seems to matter as pure joy reigns and bridles me in from the cares of the world.  I feel full.  Reminded of my Father, I wonder if this may be just a glimpse of the way He rejoices over me. Oh that I would desperately depend on Him for everything I need, rest in His presence, and allow simple joy come from within me, fill all that I am and thank Him for all that He is.    I stand in awe, amazed at the thought of my Father rejoicing in me, His child.

His Word comes to my mind and my heart:

 "He will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing." Zephaniah 3:17b

"O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
   my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
   too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
   like a weaned child with its mother;
   like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the LORD
   from this time forth and forevermore." Psalm 131: 1-3

Reminded and renewed in my relationship as child to my Father, my joy abounds.

As I admire my son's glowing face, I wonder, "Is there really anything more important that I need to get done?"  I'm thankful that all things important seem to get done as I take my focus off of things and tasks and live fully in the moment of loving my boys.  

In addition, I know that as full as I am in this moment, this is just a glimpse. My boys are a gift from One far greater and in His presence there is fullness of joy.  


Christine said...

What a beautiful boy! To rest in the moment is definitely something little ones can teach us, since we can't ourselves remember how.

Lisa notes... said...

In his presence there is fullness of joy. Yes! What a beautiful example you show us.

Christina said...

I am one of those who have gotten lost in his smile:) I love how you related it to how God loves on us.

Adoption Mama said...

What a beautiful gift from above.

Mama Zen said...

How beautiful!

Marilyn said...

tearing up - love the analogy! love the boy :)

Craig said...

I’m here from Ann’s I know it’s Saturday – but I’m playing catch up – there were so many “Thank you” posts to read I didn’t even start reading the Wednesday linky until today.

That you get “full in this moment” when look at your baby – first – makes ME smile and second makes me think – how natural. Maybe the closer we get to the way we are designed by god – when we create, when we love, when we have children – the more we can appreciate the “time” he’s given us.

Thank you for this today.

God Bless and keep you and all of yours

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