The Best Gift
I am a mom. It is what I firmly believe I was put on this earth to be. Oh, I know there are many other things that I was intended to do and be, but this.......this mothering thing.....it is my greatest purpose. Little did I know that I would be QUADRUPELY blessed with this purpose!
The other day my oldest son turned 20! Seriously? I just was driving the car yesterday with him and we were singing "The Wheels On The Bus" at the top of our lungs........ well maybe not yesterday. It sure seems like it was though.
Zack was a little boy that was filled with curiosity, wonder and knowledge. He found great joy in knowing things. But he also loved music. From the time he was a baby music could bring him to extreme levels of excitement or peace. He giggled and danced to every song on "Barney" but also would fall asleep to a lullably tape in his room.
Knowledge and music. Sometimes the two don't always compliment each other. Too much knowledge can restrict someone from just letting go of the stresses of life. Music requires that release. So, for Zack, one of my prayers has always been that he find that happy balance between the two.
On his birthday he got to be part of a worship team for a large campus ministry fellowship night at the university he attends. My daughter, mom and I went downtown and snuck into the large lecture hall to watch him and the band lead worship. What I saw brought tears to my eyes. There was Zack, at a fine university that challenges him academically and is growing his "knowledge base" exponentially, playing guitar and singing with such joy, growing his "spiritual base" as well. It was as if I was seeing my little 4 year old guy singing "The Wheels On The Bus" in a grown man's body. It was such a blessing. I turned to Taylor, my daughter, and said "he is in his happy place".
This was the one thing moms all over the world long to receive. We yearn for, hope for and pray for our children to be happy. We look forward to the day when we can see our children be exactly who they were meant to be. We desire to see them hit a sweet spot.
I experienced this last week. I received the best gift ever......
My son was happy being....simply....himself.
May you get the privilege to receive this kind of gift.
May you be able to recognize it when it shows up.
May you be grateful for that gift.