I was taken back down memory lane this morning while feeding Brahm. As he was eating, things got a bit loud in the house. (Shocking, I know.) The kids were yelling (in a good way!), doors were shutting, etc. This isn't unusual at all. But I noticed today, that when it was noisy, Brahm didn't cry or shriek. He didn't get startled, even. Part of that is probably because he is pretty laid-back, being the third and all. But part of that--and I remember this with Oliver and Lily--is because he just looked at me. When something loud is going on, he checks my reaction first. And no matter what is going on around him, if I'm smiling at him, he's happy. He's content. He can disregard the noise.
I can't help but think that it's a bit like my Father. I get extremely frazzled by things around me: disobedient kids, criticism from someone else, worrying about this and that....feeling that I'm failing in one way or another. It's easy for me to focus on the circumstances in my life and see only chaos--and then I can't help but fear and worry.
But what if I took a lesson from Brahm? What if, instead of worrying and focusing on the events around me--what if I looked to my Heavenly Father, instead? I have a feeling that he is completely unfazed by the things that worry me. Nothing that happens in my day is a surprise to Him. In fact, I'm realizing that he uses the frustrating and inconvenient things in my life to show me:
1. His power--in fact, I'm realizing that I see His Wonderful Almighty power even MORE in circumstances that I am the LEAST capable of dealing with!
2. His great love for me--even in the frustrating details and events of life, He is there--guiding, directing, and drawing me to Him.
3. His bigger purpose--Thankfully, it's not about me. And it's not about my kids. It's about God and His goodness.