We had the joy of welcoming
a new grandson last week.
And that joy was increased by the pleasure
of picking up his sisters while mom was in labor.
As we drove them to the ranch we were informed that mommy was at the “os-pea-toll” by the youngest.
When we acknowledged this, by affirming,
“Yes, Mama is having your new baby brother”.
The oldest sister’s little eyes would get a far away look and an uncertain nod of the head.
You could almost see the thoughts floating around in her head…
”Just what is a new brother?"
we played tag in the yard, read stories together,
set up a tent with their cousins…
all great adventures for a 3 and 2 year old.
But by the second night the strain of being separated from mommy
was getting to the brave heart of the 3 year old.
We had just finished the evening bath when she looked up at me
with tear-rimmed eyes and inquired,
“Mommy said she would come back and get me…right?”
But within the hour her face was contorted in fear and eyes where full and ready to overflow with tears.
“My mommy is coming back to get me…right?”
This time I got down on my knees…
eye ball to eye ball with her and said…
”Ah Sweetheart your mommy loves you”
Her eyes still pleaded with me for an answer she could
wrap her 3 year old mind around.
”Has your mama ever lied to you?”
Her little head shook “no”.
“Does she tell you the truth?” I asked.
Her little voice quivered "yes" and her eyes met mine with a raising courage
and a nodding “yes” of her head.
"Then…Yes your mama will be here tomorrow just like she promised!" I replied with a great BIG smile
Her little arms flung around my neck
as the smile returned to light up her face and off she went.
The next day as we were waving good-bye
I heard her say to her mama…
“You did come back to get me!”
“When everything is ready,
I will come and get you,
so that you will always be with me where I am.”
All God asks of us to do is..
Be patient with the endurance to believe his promise.
Like my dear little 3 year old who was honest in her wavering hope…
she was willing to wipe away the tears and allow forbearance to take hold in her heart.
Won’t you trust that the Jesus is coming back for you?
That the Son of God tells the truth?
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You believe in God; believe also in me.
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so,
would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him,
“Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Thank you Lord for your promise to come back for me...
I am trusting you to grant me the forbearance to wait...
knowing that you hold all things in your hands...even when they get a little scary.
Have a wonderful Easter!