I am slowly waking up and pottering around the kitchen setting the table for breakfast. I have half a half-closed-eye on my children and am asking my daughter if she has “made-bubbles-with-her-hands” yet this morning. (We are doing well on the whole “going-to-the-toilet-independently” thing yet handwashing is still a work in progress).
I try not to push too hard…
“Honey, mmm, I wonder, mmmm, where is the soap?”. It’s too early for me to be able to properly embrace playfulness….
Where is this nearly-3-yr-old of mine? I’m about to go and investigate when I hear her…
“Mama”, she says, appearing in the kitchen with wide-eyes and a look of surprise on her face..
“Mama, it is not in the living room.”
“No, gorgeous girl, our soap is not in the living room.”
(And I know this is irrelevant, but I have no memory of any soap of ours ever being in the living room, ever).
I stop what I’m doing to enjoy some good smiling eye contact with this gorgeous girl, and we head off to the bathroom together for a lovely hand-wash….
…using just the right temperature of water and making lots of great bubbles, just in case you’re wondering.
And as I pause and savour this ridiculousness, I wonder how many times I end up, figuratively, expecting to find soap in the living room:
- when I mine the internet for further information on a particular topic, when what I need is silence to process the information I already have;
- when I collapse in a heap on the sofa instead of encouraging myself outside for a little exercise with a sky-view;
- when I procrastinate and postpone and avoid prayer, proper prayer, the deep prayer I crave
I wonder if perhaps, maybe, in your life, you might sometimes end up searching the living room for soap?
Because I know I do.
So let’s do a little digging to allow God to give us what we crave….
- I wonder what you need right now?
- And I wonder where it might be found?
That’s it. Only two questions. So simple… and yet so difficult.
Please let me know! I would love to pray for you …
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