It was, as usual, a busy morning. In an attempt to get ahead of the game, I woke up early to have a bit of quiet time and then fit in a smidgen of work before waking my daughter for school. My two boys were both home with me, so after getting her off to school, I read them some Bible stories and then we did “school.”
Aiden was very happy with a new science activity book and we did page after page until midday—every project executed from the position of my lap. He didn’t even want me to get up to make chai. By lunchtime, I was starting to get antsy, thinking of everything I needed to get done within the next ten or so hours before the moment I collapsed into bed, too tired to even fall asleep.
After lunch, my son asked, “Mommy, come sleep a’ me?” Interpretation, he wanted me to lie down with him until he fell asleep for his nap. Okay, he was up early, I thought to myself. He should fall asleep pretty quickly.
I said a short prayer with him before his nap. Then he started quoting a verse that we often say after prayer time at night. I said it with him and then he looked up at me expectantly and said, “More God?”
I didn’t understand him at first and asked him to repeat himself. “More God,” he repeated.
“More verses?” I attempted an interpretation.
“Yes,” he answered confidently. I started quoting the Lord’s prayer and he said it with me.
He then repeated the other verse in his two-year-old lingo: “Words of my mouth and tation o’ my heart, cept’ a my sight, Lord, my strength and my adeemer.”
It took a little while, but he finally fell asleep. His words played again in my mind though.
As parents, we always have more than enough to do, bouncing from parental duties to work to projects to cleaning and back again, hoping to make some kind of lasting difference while we’re at it.
We try to teach our kids about God, about prayer, but it’s often on our timetable. There are those times, though, when our kids’ hearts are open and their mind hungry.
“More God,” they are asking.
Maybe not in those exact words. Maybe they express it in a question, sometimes even a complaint.
What they need in response is the same thing we, as busy adults, also need: “More God.”
More time with Him, learning of His Heavenly ways. More time sitting at His feet, partaking of His nature, imbibing peace, joy, love.
It is that one thing that can’t be taken away, no matter how busy or trying a day.
Posted on March 31, 2012, in Attributes, Faith, Life Lessons, Perception, Priorities and tagged balance, childhood, children, faith, nap time, parenting, parents, prayer, priorities. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.