If you give a boy a stick…

My favorite children’s book is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. As the story goes, if you give a mouse a cookie, he will ask for a glass of milk. The playful mouse antics continue on and on. Recently, I discovered what happens if you give a boy a stick.

In the backyard I played tug-o-war with weeds while the kid’s picked up sticks. We all know what happens if you give a boy a stick, he will find a reason to fight. While I battled the English ivy, I looked up to see Andrew raise a four-foot stick high into the air and exclaim “The Lord is with me!” In our yard King Saul (Andrew) and David (Rachel) battled the Philistines.  I laughed; the recent episode of the Bible mini-series had an obvious impact on our children.

Worn out, I poured a glass of iced sweet tea and took a break on the screen porch. My hair clung to my sweaty neck and crimson face. Saul and David follow after me and we sat under the breeze of the whirling ceiling fans. Andrew asked if I would like some water. “Absolutely”, I reply. He opened the water bottle and ceremoniously states “I anoint you!” I laugh and ask, “What am I being anointed?” (Thinking to myself I will be anointed “queen of the weeds.”) He raised the same stick he had been battling the imaginary army and proclaimed, “I anoint you Beautiful Mother.”
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Tears pricked at my eyes. I wanted to scoff. I had to bite my lip to hold back the flood of emotion going on inside my heart. I had just been anointed Beautiful Mother.

If Andrew was to hold up a mirror before me, I would argue with my anointed title. To be honest, if he held a mirror to my heart, I would continue to disagree with that title. This child knows who I really am. He knows that I love the Lord, but I am short-tempered, impatient, and prone to perfectionism. Yet, he still anointed me Beautiful Mother!

“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
(Proverbs 31:28-30)
If you give a boy a stick he will anoint you “Beautiful Mother.” When he anoints you “Beautiful Mother” you will be reminded to see yourself the way God sees you.
~April
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Father’s Voice

Today if you hear His voice, do no harden your hearts.
(Hebrews 3:7, NIV)
            From the sideline of the soccer field, the timekeeper yells out “Minute and a half left in the game.” Further down the sideline a father yells “Son, we’ve got time for one more.” This father is referring to another goal. I smile at the thought.
            This is the last soccer game of the season and our team is winning. Our wins and losses for the season are fairly equal, but there is something exciting about winning the last game of the season.  The son, hearing his father’s voice nods his head and sprints across the field.
Run. Kick. Score!
            The boy bends over, hands resting upon his knees, gasping for breath. He is tired and weary, yet there is a faint smile across his face. The timekeeper yells out “10 seconds left!” Again from the sideline a father shouts out, “Son, we’ve got time for one more.” I glace over at the father thinking he’s crazy. His son’s team is already winning, why try with only 10 seconds left on the clock. The son, hearing his father’s voice nods and yells “Got it.”
Run. Kick. Score. Win!
            The crowd erupts in cheers. I stand there in sheer disbelief.  I overhear someone on the sideline say to his wife “Did you see that boy’s response when he heard his father’s voice?” I watch the father hug his son. The words still echoing in my mind: Did you see that boy’s response when he heard his father’s voice.”
            From the sidelines, I watch as parents pack up the folding chairs while the kids run in circles. Meanwhile, I contemplate my personal response to my Heavenly Father’s voice. Do I nod and say “Got it” and press on, even if it seems crazy? Do I try, even if I know I have already accomplished my goal?  Do I ignore His voice knowing I’ve done my part; thinking let someone else do the rest?
            I know God desires to do the impossible in my life. “Lord, forgive me for not responding with a willing heart when I hear your voice. Help me to respond with a “Got it” attitude (no matter how tired I am) when I hear your voice.”
         As you have figured out, my husband was the father and Andrew was the son, nodding when he heard his father’s voice.

Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20, HCSB)

~April

May you and I be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (Romans 1:12 NIV)

P.S. In case you wondering, the father on the sidelines is my beloved, and the boy is my son.

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