"But when the Father sends the Counselor as My representative--and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit--he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you."
~ John 14:26 ~ New Living Translation
I am reminded of a spring evening as my daughter and I were taking a walk. I had one mission in mind; to get home. My daughter's mission however, was much different. I was taught a very valuable lesson that beautiful, spring evening. Her mission being different than mine, was to enjoy nature; to just go for a walk. Her cares had nothing to do with getting home 'right now' or to complete the next 'agenda' of life.
I realized in that moment that as adults we can be so 'To Do List' oriented that we do not enjoy what is before us; unless of course we 'plan' a day for enjoyment.
As we went for our walk, we hurried home. She shouted with excitement, "Mom! Look! A lady bug!" At first I must admit, I was annoyed as I had a goal in mind to get home. I thought, "Big deal." Then at that very moment I was convicted by the Holy Spirit to be intoxicated with this moment with my gift from God; my daughter.
I received a whole new outlook on this walk. I stopped and saw this beautiful lady bug, not just anywhere but on a beautiful green leaf blooming from the branch of a tree adorned with white flowers. Wanting to fully enjoy this moment with my daughter, I became as a child and with a shrill of excitement I said, "Let's go home and get the camera!" Her beautiful brown eyes framed with those gorgeous long lashes along with that excited smile said, "Yay! Let's go home." She jumped up and down with excitement and with laughter we ran home; about three blocks.
As we ran, I prayed, "Lord, I pray the lady bug will be there when we come back." We ran to the house, fumbled through my keys, finally unlocked the door, opened the door, ran inside closing the door behind me, ran up to the office, grabbed the camera, running back down the stairs as we informed my husband what we were about to do.
We were so excited as we hurried back outside to the spot where we were. However, when we had last seen the lady bug I did not realize how many trees were along the sidewalk, until this very moment. I became anxious as the 'get things done' itch started to rise up again, forgetting to enjoy the moment.
My daughter looked up at me. I looked down at her and said, "Do you remember which tree it was?" There were four trees lined up in a row full of beautiful white flower buds and green leaves. We started laughing with some disappointment as it seemed as though it would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack at that point in the search.
I half-heartedly prayed, "Lord, which tree is it?" Then, it was as though He brought it back to my memory the exact place where we stood when we had last seen the lady bug. I looked slowly through the flowers and leaves on the tree branches, but could not find the lady bug. At this point, I thought, "Well, I have the camera, and these flowers are beautiful, so I'm going to take a picture of the green leaves and this white flower."
I snapped a photograph with my little 'Kodak' camera of the small white flower and when I looked through the digital screen on my camera to see what the photograph looked like, with absolute awe I found that I had captured a picture of the lady bug! It was so awesome from the area where I stood. I had taken the photograph not knowing what was right before my lens. It was as though God had positioned me right where I needed to be to capture a moment that I had no idea what I was about to capture.
This moment was so beautiful. I learned so many lessons in those few moments. I felt I was the student being taught in the classroom of life. My lesson that day? The seemingly insignificant can be truly significant to God.
I was also greatly reminded of how our children can be great vessels to remind us to enjoy the life that God has given to us. No matter the difficulty of our life, we can still enjoy that moment that seems so small like the lady bug; yet the small lady bug adds beauty to Whom God takes pleasure in; just as He takes pleasure in you and I.