The joys of grand parenting can't be measured. This grand mommy is taking in every minute and hiding each one in her heart.
This past weekend we had the joy of having our grandson sleep over. He will be turning three in a week and just like my own children, three seems to come roaring in with "I am INDEPENDENT!" He expressed his independence this weekend. "I want to walk by myself" he announced as I tried to hold his hand. I remember well looking at my own with a giggle. There they were, so pint size, and yet they would proclaim their independence to someone who stood several feet taller and out weighed them.
We took our little "independent" guy to church. Ben dressed him and then he robbed Grand Mommy's jewelry chest for beads and bracelets. Grand Daddy did stop him from wearing them into church. He did wonderful in his class, yet as we stepped out of the church he again expressed his independence.
He wanted to see a donkey. He was convinced a donkey was in the pasture next to the church. He goes to see a donkey regularly and I am sure the environment looked the same. However, there wasn't a donkey in the field next to the church. We tried to explain there was no donkey. In his three-year-old independent voice he says, "I want to see a donkey, NOW!" Grand Daddy and Grand Mommy just looked at each other with a giggle. Then he said, "okay then I am shutting my eyes!" This little man was making his statement. If we didn't produce a donkey NOW then he was going to walk with his eyes shut! Again we weren't impressed with his demands. We calmly continued to walk to the car as he stumbled around with his eyes close, which even became funny to him. He made it to the car, because he has two older and wiser grandparents helping to direct his path.
I am so much like my grandson. I look up at God and demand, "NOW!" through my own unbelief. I impatiently don't want to wait for His timing and, therefore, I close my eyes! Yes, I close my eyes and start to stumble around. He lovingly watches and continues to guide me even through my announcements for "independence."
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— I Corn. 2:9