This morning my 5 year old son got up, was almost ready to go to school and he started throwing up. So back to bed he went. Every morning before our kids leave for school we circle up, hold hands and say a prayer to start our day, so this morning we prayed in his room so that he could still be included and we also said a prayer asking for him to feel better.
After my husband and daughter left I passed by my sons room and could hear him talking so I paused to see if he was calling me but before I could ask him what he needed I realized it wasn't me he was calling on, it was God! He was not asking God to make himself feel better but he was asking God to keep his best friend/cousin from getting sick because they were together yesterday at school. His prayer continued by praying that his aunt and uncle and other cousin would not get sick either because they were all around each other. As tears began to well up in my eyes (I must stop for a minute and say I had tears because it was one of those parent moments when you realize that maybe, just maybe you really are doing some small thing right!!) I could hear God whispering I want your faith to be more like his. At that moment time seemed to pause and it became less of a proud mommy moment and more of a humbling and repent moment. In that instance I was reminded of the verse in Matthew chapter 18 that says, And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (verses 3 & 4, NIV). Anytime one of the kids is sick, no matter what kind of sickness, my first thoughts are I hope nobody else gets it because we have plans and they will miss school and pretty much anything else that is going to inconvenience my schedule but when my son is sick his first thought is to pray, not for himself to get well but for others that he was around before he was even sick. I think we all could take a page out of his book and apply it to our own, I know I sure could!!
My children and my husband are some of the greatest blessings I will ever receive from the Lord!! Our kids make me more aware of my actions and reactions and they make me want to be better so that they will be better than I was or am. Many times as a parent I think that I am the teacher and my children are the students but the older they get I have to wonder if I am the student as God is using them to show me the areas of my life that need to be changed. I am so thankful for that!!!
P.S. As I am about to publish this my son is up, eating, drinking and talking non-stop!!! Isn't God just too good!!! I praise you, Father!!! :]