I am constantly amazed at how parenting consists of seizing an opportunity in what often seems like the most insignificant, mundane conversations. The other day I popped into a local mart to pick up an after-school surprise for Aaron. I looked at the rows of chips, crackers and cookies, settling on a box of Panda-shaped, chocolate-filled cookies.
That day Aaron climbed in the tuk tuk with his usual, "Hi, momma! Do you have anything to eat?" As a matter of fact, I do. "Oh, I hope it is the Panda cookies. I just love those." Secretly thrilled and a bit shocked, I pulled the box out of my bag.
"Oh momma. I can't believe I said that and you got it. I must be getting smarter every day!"
At first, I chuckled but a few minutes into the journey home, I still couldn't shake it. Something wasn't sitting right. Of course i believe Aaron is smart and growing every day. I love encouraging that in him! But I don't want him to believe that he is somehow solely responsible for the good gifts that come his way. Scripture is way too clear to mislead him on that one -- every good and perfect gift comes from God...even panda chocolate cookies.
So I told him. Aaron, I love you and you are such a smart boy. But mommy would be wrong to let you think that your having these cookies is a result of you being really clever. I see God all over this little moment. I think God led mommy to buy those cookies because He knew it was something you were really hoping for. God cares so much for you and listens to the desires of your heart -- no matter how big or how small it may seem to you. I think these cookies are HIs way of saying He sees you, knows you and loves you.
It was a good reminder for me as well. It can be so easy to believe that we are forgotten or at least that our unspoken dreams or desires have been lost. So on this Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for a God who cares about Panda-shaped, chocolate-filled cookies and the lessons that go with them.