After church, I went out for lunch with my 6 year old. Zoe’s Kitchen is the kind of restaurant where you order at the front, take a number on a stand, then have a seat until a worker brings your food and retrieves the number.
But this was Sunday after church…. So FIND a seat is more accurately what folks were doing.
We had a table and our lunch: we were chatting and eating when she struggled near us. The dragging of the high chair was blocked by the crowded tables. With a baby on her hip, she dipped down so the high chair would be on the crook of her elbow and off the floor. The high chair dropped off her arm, so she hefted the baby a bit higher and dipped lower to try again.
I have been there. When I was a single mom, there were times two hands were simply not enough. A sleeping baby in the carseat, an empty gas tank, and a messed up debit card reader was overwhelming to the point of tears. Even when I was not a single mom, my husband was out of town many weekends. One particular soccer dad would appear at my car as I parked. He would re-tie my daughter’s cleats if needed and carry my chair and the cooler of snacks while I loaded my new baby in the stroller. My mind came back to the present.
“Be right back.” I said to my six year old as I hopped up and took the high chair from the young mom. “Let me help you with this. Where do you want it?” “Way over there.” she said and pointed to a table against the wall. I lifted the chair as high as I could so it would fit through the space. I sat it down at her table, touched the sweet baby on her head and said “There you go.” as I returned to my child and our lunch.
I am not bragging. What I did was tiny. It took little effort and cost absolutely nothing. But I did wonder about all those other people in the restaurant. All those who had obviously just come from church. This 20-something mom had three friends sitting with her, though no one else had kids. No one else had offered to help. Maybe they didn’t notice her struggle – it was crowded. Or maybe they just didn’t get it because they have never been there.
I have been there and I knew.
Where have you been? Is it somewhere that others are now? Is there something you can do to help them through? How is God using where you’ve been to show His love today?
A reminder from my little one.
1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love….
13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, 10 MSG
Oh yeah. It matters about love.
Many people balk at my 45 minute commute to work. But I truly enjoy it. Back roads, beautiful pastures, no traffic, a bridge over a river. It’s my quiet time. Or my loud singing time. Maybe my praying time. But my favorite part is that I drive due east. So it seems the sunrise is just for me.
This morning the sunrise was particularly incredible. Since my drive is fairly long, I watch the transformation. This morning there were clouds glowing and reflecting the rays before the sun was visible. Then the fiery red made an appearance and the whole sky was something new.
Here’s the random-
I wondered if God liked to watch the sunrise. I wondered if He found it as beautiful as I do. Does He paint it anew each morning? Or has He set up the duties of the sun and just sits and enjoys the incredible show? Since the sun is rising where I am, then it must be setting for someone else. And God can see the whole thing- both sides! He can see the sunset/sunrise as a whole- anytime he pleases. What an incredible view it must be.
God asks Job these questions in Chapter 38:
“Where were you when I created the earth?….Who came up with the blueprints and measurements? How was its foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone, while the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise?”
“And have you ever ordered Morning, ‘Get up!’ told Dawn, ‘Get to work!’?”
“Do you know where Light comes from and where Darkness lives, So you can take them by the hand and lead them home when they get lost?” (excerpts of Job 38:12-21 MSG)
Perhaps there will be a time when I get to witness the command to Dawn to “get to work”, or see God take Light and lead her home. Hmm….