This past weekend Josh asked me what I wanted to do and I told him emphatically that we needed to get more 3 month size clothes for Savannah, specifically pajamas. It seemed that she only had one clean outfit each evening, which was really stressing me out. I know it sounds silly, but I was really bothered that I had not adequately prepared for this 3 month age. (Yes, I’m a planner.) So, off to the stores we went on Sunday; sleeping little girl in tow, and proud papa ready to pick out cute pj’s for his princess.
We found some adorable jammies and a few other sale items perfect for her stylish wardrobe. As we left the store I smiled feeling relieved that my little girl had the soft, footed, button-up pj’s that she needed. Fast forward to this morning. Task of the day: get laundry done! As I folded the first load of miniature clothes, I discovered something… She had seven pajamas safely snuggled in her laundry basket. Yikes! Exactly what she needed was right under my nose, or her clothes. I just needed to dig them out and wash them.
As I celebrated the fact that I had not cut the price tags off her newly purchased jammies, I realized that just as I quickly run to resolve whatever is missing in my daughter’s wardrobe with something new, so do I do that in my relationship with the Lord.
I will feel like something is lacking in my life and look for the perfect book, study, song, message or whatever to fill it. The funny (or sad) thing is, all along what I really need is right there waiting for me – time with Him.
Time spent in His presence is a gift that fills whatever appears to be missing in my life. It allows me to see the riches I do have (that aren’t in the bank!), the blessings He has bestowed (that I’m often too “blind” to see) and peace in His coming plans (when my nature is to fret).
So, needless to say there is a new rule in the Hamilton household: No shopping for clothes until the laundry is done! (This may save us a little money too!) And a new rule in my life: No running to other things to fill my thirsty soul, be still and know Him first! (I think this is one for the bathroom mirror!)
Thank you for being the Living Water. Nothing satisfies like you do. Even when I feel like something is missing and I need something new, thank you for always being exactly what I need!