Waking up with my grand-nephew on my mind because it was his seventh birthday, who also happens to be my god son! He brings so much joy and laughter to my heart. One of God’s divine plans of choosing the right day to be his special day as well. Not just for him but for the joy he brings to others through his unique personality by simply being who he is. Just recently he and his brother spent the weekend with me over the New Year’s holiday, and that was when I realizes that this little fellow was a funny character. However, not to my surprise because of who his grandfather is, one of my five brothers and his mother whom both keeps me laughing when my spirits are down and in stitches when we are at family gatherings.
As I was going throughout my busy day from running to the doctor’s office, to and from various sites to get in on free income tax filing and the arduous task of grocery shopping with an impatient and restless husband (talking about shopping with child in the shell of an adult), needless to say I was completely drained once I made it home. Putting away the groceries getting something to eat and checking both the mail and emails, were overwhelming in its self. Needless to say, time got away from me and I forgot to call my babe to wish him a happy birthday and headed straight to my bed. Forget the fact that it will soon be time to shower and get tucked in for the night, I was drained and could not go another step!
Suddenly I was awaken, yes at 11:55 p.m. by my beautiful niece reminding me that I had forgotten to call my babe and did not respond to her text, ” of course not, because I was asleep, too tired for words”! By all means, I did not say it quite that way to my niece who is like a daughter who understands her auntie very well. However, the profound blessing I received when I spoke to my nephew who calls me “auntie-godmama”, was too much for words and left me in a state of reflection after hanging up from me, that I had to call his right mother back to finish the conversation and to wish her Happy Birthday as well since the midnight chime had rung and it was now her special day.
This little gift from God, when I asked him what did he want me to give him for his birthday, his respond was so unselfish and non-concerning. He did not run off a list of expensive things or gifts, big-ticket items or a lot of things that did not make any sense. He just simply said that I don’t have anything in mind. Wow! Isn’t it beautiful to know that a simple Happy Birthday Wish was all that was needed to make a seven-year old child content and to know that you really did care. Not all of the commercial things were needed that we adults have placed around our children and in their minds to make them think that a birthday (and other holidays) only matters with gifts, money, expensive things, stuff and such, instead of the simple gift of genuine Love and a great big telephone hug. How sad in subtle ways we are guilty of teaching our children that simple acts of kindness of respect and love in this day in time is not acceptable or is not good enough anymore.
I found myself pondering upon this scripture found in Mark 13:16: “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And He took them up in His arms, put His hand upon them, and Blessed them.”
Lesson: When we begin to look at life from the innocent eyes and out of the mouths of children, it would be a better world to live in!
Author of Battle Scars of Emotions~
Divine Healing from the Scars of Life