I recently picked up a part time job, well; it’s really not a job. You see I have the amazing privilege of driving a carriage for a princess! It’s really not a carriage, it’s more like a Cadillac SRX and well, while she may not be a princess in the literal sense, she is certainly a princess to me. From time to time I am dispatched to carry the princess in said carriage to her preschool and though it takes only an hour or so from pick up to delivery I try my best to make the most of it. The right music playing, the carriage is spit spot, as Mary Poppins would expect. A minimum requirement I am sure for royalty you know. Then there is the special stop that is absolutely essential for a good day at preschool to be effective… a Crispy Crème doughnut! You see, if you do it once in the eyes of a four year old you may be required to make it a habit! Fine with me and have to confess that I do like a nice doughnut from time to time. It is much more that the powdery confection that I enjoy, I enjoy hanging out with little miss Kairi!
First, I really look forward to the conversation. Just ask a four year old what’s happening in their life and they will tell you! Whether it involves an escapade with the dog or her little brother it’s big news to them. And if the content wasn’t exciting enough the delivery is priceless! The facial expressions and body language that she picks up from who knows where sometimes cracks me up! At the same time I’m thinking, boy is her mommy and daddy in for a fun ride! Then it really gets good as we settle in for the pièce de résistance, commonly referred to as the doughnut! I tell ya, watching her enjoy a crème filled doughnut with pink icing is as fun as eating one myself. So there I sit engrossed in the story line this little princess is dishing out. I find myself oblivious to my surroundings with only my cup of coffee attracting my attention from time to time for a sip. Then it’s off to school for her with a little icing on her chin to show for it, and off to work for me with a few selfies to post. But there is much more that occurred in that little pastry shop. There were memories being made and the love of a papaw and a granddaughter being experienced.
Here’s what occurs to me as I reflect on my time as chauffer/papaw. If I think hanging out with my granddaughter is one of the coolest things I get to do, then I think how much more does my heavenly father enjoy hanging out with me! How much more does he care. How much more does he derive joy from my willingness to spend time in conversation with him? Jesus in the timeless Sermon on the Mount declares to us, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” I think it was Vance Havner who once said, “Jesus knows we must come apart and rest awhile or else we may just plain come apart!” Listen to the words of others… “The secret of our future spiritual maturity lies in our daily routine of Bible study. (Elmer Towns) “To be little with God is to be little for God.” (E M Bounds) And then it was Thomas Chisholm who in 1925 wrote the hymn “Great Is Thy faithfulness” I have always loved these lines… “Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I
have needed Thy hand hath provided, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me! …Pardon for Sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”
Sweet mornings with wonderful fellowship await each of us who desire to spend time in the presence of our heavenly father. I don’t want to miss a single opportunity to spend time with miss Kairi let me tell you, but more importantly I don’t want to miss a moment spending time with the one who gave his life for me!