Hurried….unfortunately that has described me lately. Not Hurried…that is always the case for my kids. I am so thankful for kids. Especially this time of year when I could blaze my way right through Christmas they help me to remember to stop and take in the wonder of the season. Earlier this week I was driving home with my son Joshua in the back seat. He was excited because he was playing with Daddy’s tablet. He usually goes between playing a game called ‘diversion’ to an app that does sound effects to singing out on ‘baby’ with Justin Bieber.
This particular evening, as we were pulling into our neighborhood, he was playing the song ‘10,000 Reasons’ by Matt Redman which is one of the praise songs we’ve been singing at StoneBridge. He started off kind of singing faintly along in the background. As we neared our home, his volume was getting steadily louder. He was singing the words, ‘ You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger Your name is great, and Your heart is kind For all Your goodness I will keep on singing Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.’
I was about to turn onto my street at this point but I decided to not be in a hurry that night, and I took the extra long way home so I could take in some more of my son belting out praise to his God. By the time we were about home he was on the last chorus and he was not holding back. He was unashamedly getting his praise on at the top of his lungs. The lyrics from this song come from Psalm 145. The Psalm starts off by saying, ‘ …I will praise you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. 2 I will bless you every day, and I will praise you forever. 3 Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! His greatness is beyond discovery! 4 Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts.’
It is awesome when you get to watch the next generation grabbing hold of God for themselves in their own way. In that moment in my car, listening to truths about my God through the little voice of my 6 year old, I was able to sit back and grab a little bit of the wonder of Christmas again. These little ones are so great at rescuing us from the tyranny of the urgent and taking us to what really matters. May you be open to what God wants to show you today….the delivery may possibly come through a small package.