Yes, yes, I am a day behind. Shhh...don't tell. I will try to get caught back up today. Or I might just take a nap. Anyway...
I just finished reading Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and it is all I can do to stop myself from jumping on parents in the library/at the park/in the street and telling them all about it. Basically, if Jesus had been a parent, he would have loved this book. Okay, that's a little over the top. But only a little.
I am sure I will reference this book fifty million more times in the next few weeks, but one idea that stuck with me from the beginning of the book was this:
As adults, we are constantly juggling between the past, present, and future. We want to experience the present moment, but we are also thinking about what just happened, or happened yesterday, or how what is happening now is related to what happened before. We want to experience the present moment, but we are also thinking about what we have to do next, what we should be doing, and by the way, what does it all mean?
Children have no such problem. For them, the only time is now. We felt this the hard way this week around here when we told Elijah on Tuesday that his grandparents would be coming to visit...on Friday. For half an hour, he stood at the front window yelling, "Grandma and Grandpa!", deaf to our explanation that they were not actually here yet, but they would be soon. But not that soon.
Moments like that aside, what a joy it must be to only think about what is happening at that moment. To be able to live fully inside a single moment is nothing short of heavenly. Jesus knew what He was talking about when he said, "The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these [children]”(Matthew 19:14).*
*And when he said, "Read Simplicity Parenting." Just kidding. But seriously, read it.