Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A Little Thimble
I am always amazed at the number of toys that Hannah has in her room, in storage, down stairs, at other people's homes and that come in the mail. But what is even more amazing than that is some of the things that she has collected and continues to find and play with in the midst of all those toys. And one that was almost guaranteed to be a lost purchase before it was even paid for was this thimble that Hannah wanted from a fabric store about a year ago. I don't know where it goes and how it gets found but every so often, there it is in the midst of her play. It's been a tea cup, a hat, a horn cap, more things than I could have imagined. It just keeps showing up.
How is it that a child can keep track of something so small and I worry that I won't be able to keep track of her. And then I realize that it's not even me that's really keeping track of her because God is keeping much better track of her than I am. All I can do is within four of my five senses. Once she is out of touch, sight, scent, and sound. I'm not tasting her even if she is a sweetheart. But God has a way to watch over her that goes far beyond my sight, reach, hearing. And he doesn't just do that with her, He does that with all of us. And it's not like that little thimble of Hannah's it's never lost and found again, God always knows where we are and what's going on around us. We can hide out in the bottom of the toy box and pretend like God has forgotten us, but that's just not true. God knows we're there, it's no surprise to Him when the world rediscovers us from that dark place and wonders "Where have you been!? Come we must do things together!"
Are you a little thimble, trying to hide yourself or are you out in the world, discovering new things about how you can be used and enjoyed?