Sometimes I am not sure who really does the most “teaching” in families…the parents or the children.
In my own family, I know that my two sons taught me some awesome truths. They helped to stretch me out of the confined box I had unknowingly built myself into. As all you parents will identify with, the love and connection that my husband and I felt for them was something that we never felt before. However, even where there is great love, there is always more to learn about what love really is.
It feels like both yesterday and a lifetime ago, our family had the opportunity to camp out at a friend’s beautiful property, which included 110 acres of wooded land and a lake. We had a wonderful time there…it was the kind of place that was so far away from city lights, that the night was intensely peaceful and black. When you looked up, you could see a sky filled with beautiful stars. It was breathtaking, and so peaceful. It was like heaven; our family being together in that beautiful setting, just enjoying the stars and the sounds of crickets and frogs.
My youngest son, Michael, who was about 10 years old at the time, was excitedly telling me that he just saw some shooting stars. I said, “Are you sure that’s what you saw? Have you ever seen a shooting star before?” He answered, “Mom, I see them all the time.”
I told him I never saw a shooting star.
That’s when he uttered words that stay with me to this day. He said, “Mom, you never see them because you don’t look for them.”
And guess what happened. I looked upwards, and I saw a shooting star! My heart was amazed! From the mouth of babes, a spiritual truth was revealed to me.
God is all around us. He is in the air we breathe, the sun that shines on us, the flowers and trees, the oceans, the rain that falls from the sky, the sounds and beauty of the birds in the air and all the animals, the moon, planets and stars in the sky. He is in our children, spouses, parents, friends, relatives, neighbors, and all the people of the world.
The Lord’s Holy Spirit and his miracles are always around us…why don’t we see them? Why do we think miracles do not exist on a daily basis?
Because we are not looking for them.
Today, when I was walking and praying with my Lord, He spoke to me. He told me to always keep myself open to Him, and I will be amazed at what is revealed. There will always be a new thing of beauty to see, there will always be a new beautiful song to hear, there will always be a new opportunity to love. God’s creativity is endless.
Are you ready to really look for God all around you? You will find Him everywhere…starting right in your own heart.
And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? Matthew 21:16
Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them. Isaiah 48:6