Good morning 😊 It is Thursday, August 26, 2021
I am sitting at my desk thinking about my family. I was reflecting on being a young mother and raising four children.
I think it was Art Linkletter that had an old program titled “Kids Say the Darndest Things”. And they do!
When my youngest child Larry was a little boy, he was sitting at the table eating Grape-Nuts one morning. I will never forget what he said because I had thought the same from time to time. He said, “I don’t like eating Grape-Nuts because they never end.”
So true! Unless you have eaten them you cannot relate. Suffice it to say you would not want to pour a whole bowl full of Grape-Nuts.
That comment made me giggle. It also made me wonder…why are they called Grape Nuts? They contain neither grapes nor nuts, but that is another story 😊
Larry was my love-bug. He LOVED his mama. We snuggled on the couch every night, per his request, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.
He used to have this knack for play-on-words. For instance, every Sunday morning I would cook a big homemade breakfast and he would call my omelets, Momlets.
He made me a CD of music that he thought I would enjoy. It was not his style of music, but he made it for me and wrote on it “Mix for Mom” I loved it!
When he was about 10 or 11 years old, he was staying at the coast with his best friend Chris and Chris’ family. It was late in the evening, and I got a call from Dawn, Chris’ mom. She told me that Larry had twisted his ankle on some rocks earlier in the day and skinned his ankle badly. She explained that a small piece of rock had lodged itself under his skin. They had taken him to urgent care and were now back at their motel. She said, “He wants to talk to you.” As I got on the phone with him, he was crying softly and through soft sobs simply asked “Mom, would you sing to me.” And I did. I sang Jesus Loves Me, and I could hear his breathing and crying slow down.
He loved his mama. And I loved him deeply; still do.
I remember once picking him up at the Boys & Girls Club. He ran up to me with a group of 4 or 5 friends following him. He threw his arms around my waist as we gave each other a big hug. One of his friends said “ewww. Are you a mama’s boy?!” Larry looked him straight in the eye and said “Yes!” The kid said ‘Oh, that’s cool man!” And it was. It was so cool that he was not embarrassed by me; that he loved me and was not ashamed to show it.
Larry was a quiet kid. Soft spoken, kept to himself a lot of the time. He loved sports and I was the crazy mom down on the field’s side-lines yelling encouragement to him. My husband Wendell was his coach, and we had some great times! After every game we would do homemade sandwiches on hoagie rolls with everything I could imagine. From sprouts and avocado, tomato and lettuce, to a variety of lunch meats and cheeses. It was a tradition, and a yummy one at that.
Larry also loved to collect rocks and it was fun to buy him beautiful stones and rocks with gems inside. By the time he moved out he had a small 3-shelf book stand, full of them.
I write about this today because I know this is the kind of relationship Jesus wants with us. He longs for us to come to Him and say, “Can we cuddle?” And as we lean into His side, I can hear Him saying “What is on your mind today? Talk to me.” He wants us to know that He is right there, ready to listen to you.
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” - Jeremiah 29:12-13 ESV
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” - Hebrews 4:16 ESV
God wants us to know that when we get hurt, He is right there, waiting for us to call on Him, trusting that as He sings over us, it will make everything better.
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” - Zephaniah 3:17 ESV
He wants us to run to Him, throwing our arms around his waist, looking into His eyes with gladness and to not be ashamed.
“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” - Psalm 34:5 ESV
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” - Romans 1:16 ESV
God wants us to know that He is for us, not against us! He is on the sidelines cheering us on with words of encouragement.
“And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” - Romans 8:30-32 ESV
And finally, when I think of Larry’s collection of rocks and gems, I cannot help but think about, and imagine, the Holy City. Before we even enter the city, we will see the wall of the city, and the foundation of the wall is breathtaking!
“The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.” – Revelation 21:19, 20 ESV
Breathtakingly beautiful! And when the gates of the city are thrown open, each gate made with a single pearl! we behold streets that are made of pure gold.
“And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” - Revelation 21:21 ESV
I long for that day when we will approach that city. We are told in 1 Corinthians 2:9 “that no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.”
Do you love Him? Do you long to live for eternity in a perfect place with no heartache, no crying, no sickness, no death, no divorce, no misunderstanding, no division, no more hurt?!? I do!!
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.” - Psalm 84:1-2 ESV
I say it often, but I believe Jesus is coming VERY soon. All signs point toward the day when we will see Him coming in the sky, surrounded by thousands upon thousands of angels. He is coming to rescue us from this sick and dying world. Jesus is coming. Please ask Him to make you ready!
“…”Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” - Revelation 22:20 ESV