I must admit that I have be a little hesitant to get truly excited about our Disney trip. Truthfully, it just all felt a little trite and cliche--like I was giving in completely to the stereotype of the suburban American family. Until today...
This morning I spent 2 hours going over our Disney trip with the fantastic woman who planned it for us. She handed over a three ring binder with each day carefully planned (including options and back up plans, rain plans and free time). As we walked through all the details I started squirming in my seat in Starbucks like a 4 year old. I left our meeting and headed straight for the Dollar Tree to stock up on snacks, cheap Disney toys, ponchos, neon bracelets and necklaces and toiletries. I dashed to Blockbuster to take advantage of 8 day rentals on the Disney favorites we have still not seen (Country Bears, Swiss Family Robinson, Pocahontas). I gassed up the car, took it through the car wash, got cash at the bank---truly joyful as I completed my errands as I pondered how blown away my children were going to be by this experience.
Then I had a precious revelation. This must be a fraction of how God feels as he prepares blessings for us, his children.
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:9-11
My children were in school, completely oblivious to all of the preparations that were being made on their behalf. How often am I in the same boat--going about my daily duties unaware of all that my God is up to?
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. John 14:1-2
Thank you, Father, for this reminder of your affection for me. Oh, how ashamed I am that I take you SO for granted. Help me trust in your unchanging character. Thanks for loving me so much.