Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Treasured Moments

"Up, Nanna," says my little toddler granddaughter as she lifts up her arms for me to pick her up. These are moments that I treasure here on this side of glory. There is no amount of money that anyone could give me in return for them. I had small children once, as many of you have now, so I know how special it is to have any of our sons or daughters (of any age, really) hold out their arms to be held in ours. But I tell you, there is something indescribable about being reached for by a grandchild. You grandparents can identify.

I need to think more about the preciousness of such moments when my heart is feeling a bit low. I need to reach up to my God at those times. He loves me even more than I love that sweet little girl, so I would imagine it would give Him pleasure. I need to regress from self-pity and gloominess and have Him lift me up. This, I'm sorry to say, is not what I do often enough. I'll try to let Selena remind me of that the next time I hear her say those wonderful words, "Up, Nanna."

10 comments:

Mimi said...

Maxine,
thanks for reminding me that we need only lift our arms and Our Heavenly Father will lift us up and wipe away our tears and give us peace and joy..
even in our deepest sorrow...
Blessings,
Mimi

Rita L. Betti said...

Maxine,
I'm a Nana too and yes, grandchildren are such a wonderful blessing. I love the way you refer to the child-like way we are to be with God. Great post.

Beka said...

This was rich food for thought today-- thank you!

Beka said...

This was rich food for thought today-- thank you!

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

What a wonderful thought today dear Maxine that points us right to the arms of our ever-loving Heavenly Father :) Lifting up a prayer for you today my friend. What a blessing that sweet little baby girl is...

Cathy said...

That is very sweet, Maxine. He is the lifter of our heads. :o)

Mishel said...

I loved this post--because I can so relate, being a Grammie myself. Isn't God good to use our children, grandchildren and others to remind of His great love for us?

Blessings to you Maxine!

Beverly said...

So true - and such a sweet post, Nanna. It is so wonderful how God uses even children to teach us, isn't it?

sparrow's song said...

From the mouth of babes. What a beautiful nugget of understanding to simply abide in Christ for our rest.

You, Maxine, are a blessed woman! Your life is rich with love and wisdom.

Cami said...

It reminds me of David, "Why are you downcast my soul?" And it is the scripture for my latest post, too, also from David, ""For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me up." Psalm 27

We each must DETERMINEDLY keep our minds on His goodness, the good things of Him. Good word, Maxine!