Love and the Innocence of a Grandchild

1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”

Tick, tick, tick, the kitchen gear clock mumbles. The rest of the house is silent except for sleeping Dash’s heavy breathing. I walk around the house shutting off lights as Eric pulls out of the driveway for work. A few scattered dishes left to do from breakfast and preparing lunch to-go and soon I will be joining the commuting community.

I pulled out 1 Corinthians 13:11 about an hour and a half ago to ponder after I finished my morning cup of coffee with Heavenly Dad. The hour set aside to spend for our “Sunrise date” never seems to be enough. I grabbed this verse as if asking for a dish “to go.” This is/was my next “love chapter” verse and, since I’ve become a grandma, has new meaning. I don’t want to miss His message so I allow extra time to think and pray about it. I desperately desire the wisdom in this passage to seep the 18 inches from my head to my heart.

March 6th I began a new chapter in life as I officially tacked on the title “Grammy.” Granny was the name I was telling everyone prior to Miss Willow’s birth. Given the options, however, Taylor thought Grammy was a little softer.

Now, about my sunshine: Willow is pure. She has no baggage and trusts 100%. She wants nothing material, is not jealous, does not feel threatened, slighted or taken advantage. She doesn’t think anyone or any group is out to get or slight her. She wants to eat, be burped for physical comfort and loved (along with having a nasty butt changed on a regular basis). When this criteria is met, utter contentment, she sleeps…about 15 hrs a day. Her mommy and daddy adore her and move swiftly to make sure every need is met.

As Willow grows she will feel her parents love for her. As beautiful as that sounds, that does NOT necessarily mean she will recognize it. If she reaches for an electrical outlet and her mommy or daddy tap her hand away, that feeling-the sting, doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t bring warm fuzzies or pictures of trolloping through tulips. It hurts.

1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”

With maturity, she will understand that the guard rails her parents put in place are and were out of love. She will grasp that love can’t always be recognized as a feeling. One day she will learn the pain of being on the giving end of that love and the difficulty in saying no out of protection, experience, and self-sacrifice. It would be easy, a cop out and unloving for a parent to always say,”yes,” and in so doing show a lack of love, putting their child in jeopardy or danger.

As my lovely and perfect Willow develops she will loose and gain. The world will teach her that not everyone is trustworthy and has her best in mind. She will loose the freedom to trust without choosing to do so. She will have to be determined to pursue true intimacy which is based on trust and acceptance.

Trust: what is trust?

My life is a puzzle. The unexpected is now expected. If I need to go from Point A to Point B, it’s very rare if I don’t have an A1, A2, and hopefully A3 is the last stop before Point B (there’s always time for a restroom break). Why am I telling you this?

For Christmas I got Eric a Bible prophecy series that he’d been wanting. He was a little surprised I want to listen to it with him, but it’s about Heavenly Dad! How could I not?! In it, disk four to be exact, speaks of a truth that I had heard long ago, but tucked away.

John 14:17”the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

Truth is part of God, a spirit that not all understand or know. We can feel it, that knot in our stomach when we “twist” the truth, but don’t recognize it for what it is: a gift, part of our relationship with the Creator. This was a very exciting verse to me. I knew immediately when I heard it that it was the missing piece of my love puzzle for this verse!

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

As lovely Willow grows and puts away childish and innocent things, she has the opportunity to grow in a personal relationship with Heavenly Dad. He can give her Truth, which builds trust and ultimately Love. That is a DEFINITE gain!!! I’m praying for her!

I love being a grandma❤️ until next time: blessings!

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