From Tools to Mascara
By Jarrod Spencer –
Being a father for the first time has had its interesting moments. My son has been such a blessing that words cannot begin to explain it fully. I am sure most parents experience this. There’s so much that goes on in family life that you want to “bottle it up” and keep the memories for later.
A couple of years ago we moved into our current home. The house came without any appliances. I had the “pleasure” of installing a dishwasher and a microwave. My son, fifteen months old at the time, was beginning his stint of being “daddy’s little helper.” He took the screwdriver and tried to help. He’d grab a flashlight and sit near me to be involved in the installation process as much as possible. I like to have him help me, even if it takes me two or three times longer to finish.
It wasn’t too long after this that our son took a new turn in life. My wife and I were in the kitchen and wondered where he’d had gone. He had been very quiet and that tends to raise awareness in us. We called for him and he came out from the bathroom with some mascara around his eyes and eyebrows. He had found his way into my wife’s makeup case, unscrewed the mascara, and did his best applying it to his face. When we saw him we couldn’t help but laugh.
My son seems to want to be involved in tasks that are associated with a particular parent at a particular time. He continues to make me smile by doing things that are reflective of me and his mother. I don’t know if our daughter will go through a similar stage or not. I’m guessing she will—it’s human nature.
As applying mascara is not a stop in life’s journey a son should take, it made us laugh. I cannot help but think of how many times we come before God with something “on us” that shouldn’t be there and He just has to laugh. I am probably one of the many who are making God have a good chuckle from time to time.
PRAYER: Dear God, may the times of foolishness that I exhibit make You laugh. May they not lead me down a path of danger. Thank You for making us all unique. Thank You for giving me a son and a daughter to love, teach, mentor—and for the occasional laugh break.
“A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,” (Ecclesiastes 3:4 NIV).
Today’s devotional is by Jarrod Spencer. He is a seeker of God’s surprises in everyday life, looking for ways to be used by God to minister to others. He has a passion for encouraging people through the written word and exercises that passion with blogging and sending out a weekly text of encouragement. You can read more of his writings at http://jarrodspencer.blogspot.com and his church’s website is http://www.colbychurch.com.