This has been whirl-wind week. My grandson Noah was born on Monday and everything else just sort of fell in place behind that momentous event. It’s amazing how one blessing can diminish all the crappy stuff in your life. I’ve had my usual encounter with annoying and hateful people this week but somehow I have become invincible. Their snide remarks and unloving behavior have had no effect on me. Because of the love that God has shown me in Noah and his sister and his parents, NO ONE not even the curmudgeonliest interloper has stolen my joy. I’m not even sure if curmudgeonlist is a word. But guess what? I don’t care! I have a force-field of love shielding me from all the ugliness and hate in the world. Take that – haters!
I’ve had a glimpse of heaven this week. And I’m hanging on to it as long as I can. I don’t want to become someone who never faces reality (although it’s tempting) but for a while I plan on basking in the “afterglow” of Noah’s arrival here on earth. Having him in our family has helped put a lot of little things in perspective – and some big things, too.
Somehow bad drivers, annoying co-workers, demanding customers, and trying family members don’t seem to be worth getting upset about. The annoying co-workers? Well Anna was in my office on Tuesday winning hearts and cheering the place up in two-year-old fashion. She told EVERYONE about her baby brother! The gas station attendant that was smoking near the gas pumps on Wednesday was frightening but not important enough to fight about. I just calmly asked her to put her cigarette out – so that we didn’t BOTH blow up. I have too much to live for! The customer that WANTS EVERYTHING IMMEDIATELY – is going to have to wait awhile. I’ve got a baby to hold! The trying family members – well I hope that Noah will melt their hearts, too. After all, he’s got super powers!
And this week even simple kindnesses seemed to appear more loving, more caring, and more God-like. It felt like people have smiled more, were more courteous, and were generally happier. I believe the “joy of Noah” has had a rippling effect. The best examples of God’s enduring love are these:
- After Noah’s first night home, big sister Anna awoke on Thursday morning to find him in bed with Mommy and Daddy. Of course she crawled into their bed to join them. When finally snuggled next to her baby brother, she patted him gently and said, “It alright Noah, I here, I got you now.”
- Last night while saying bedtime prayers, which now include Noah by name, Anna stopped and announced, “My whole family is here!” And we were blessed once again for having been there.
So I’ve had my glimpse of heaven this week with my grandson in my arms and my granddaughter playing nearby. And I’ve got to tell you – it’s a wonderful world!