This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
It is the beginning of yet another packed day. A trip to Kings Dominion awaits. One that has me excited but at the same time a bit anxious.
Why? Because the monster is coming along. And this monster has already melted onto the floor. And we haven’t even left the parking lot.
And just a few days after sharing a lap and calming the fears of a child that was not my own, I find myself on the floor of our church nursery. In the dark. With a small child in my lap. Calming the fears. The frazzled nerves. The tears of a boy who will not tell me what is wrong. Whose grunts and screams are for God knows what. Who is the reason I dreaded this trip in the beginning.
The crowds. The lines. The noise. A day without a schedule.
And we haven’t even left the parking lot.
Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper. Psalm 37:8
I am reminded once again of that dirty sock that represented the call to be present. To love. To be patient.
So, as I sat with my monster on the floor. Wrestling with flailing arms and legs. Struggling with his unknown emotions. And struggling with mine. I decided to once again be present. To love. To be patient, but I knew I could not do it alone.
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm 18:6
So, before we left that parking lot, I cried to the Lord for help.
Lord, help me. Help me to understand this child. Help me to be present. Not where I want him to be, but where he is right now. Give me patience when he has none. Show me how to love my monster when he is screaming, kicking, and showing me anything but love. Help me to be present today. To love. To be patient.
To be patient with the monster who hates the crowd. To be present if a temper tantrum brings him to his knees in the middle of Snoopy Land. To love the kid who will be navigating the day without a schedule. To teach this mommy, and this monster the gift of enjoying a day without one. To rejoice in this day you have made,and to be glad.
Rejoice in patience. Rejoice in love, and be present for the moments beyond the parking lot like these.