Just had a wonderful four days at Centreparcs at Sherwood Forest, a serious time of chilling and being with family.
It was my first holiday with my granddaughter Ivy and watching her and her interactions with mum and dad was a joy.
I was reminded of how it really should be in those early days and weeks of life, through Ivy’s eyes and facial expressions when her mum, my daughter Bethany was talking to and interacting with her.
Ivy’s eyes were full of wonder, awe, joy, happiness and sometimes they matched the frown on her face. All this stimulated by Bethany’s tone and gestures.
This was connection and intimacy 101!
I loved these observations and was fascinated by them.
What a privilege to see and be part of these moments.
I do not know what career Ivy will eventually have or take but at the moment she is teaching me a lot and reminding me of the heart of my Father and His desire to love and be intimate with His sons and daughters.
I am reminded of the tender and amazing words of the opening chapter of Hosea –
When Israel was only a child, I loved him. I called out, ‘My son! v1
That I lifted him, like a baby, to my cheek, that I bent down to feed him. v4the message
These observations and reminders carried on throughout the week and quite frankly made my holiday.
Many lessons were offered and my hope is that I will learn and internalise them!?
Ivy is only 12 weeks old but already I have observed her preferences and a tradition developing.
Ivy does not like to be held on your knee but desires, quite strongly via her vocal chords to be up and looking around. She communicates to you that she wants you to stand!
Once there her eyes are darting around and her shutter speed is amazing, as she captures info!
It was just brilliant and I find her sense of wonder absolutely beautiful and it wells me up.
Why do we seem to lose this?
It was a week of first for her, all of which she took in her stride.
Her first experience of the sub tropical swimming pool was beautiful. She wasn’t amazed or fazed. She, pardon the pun, just soaked it all up. Although at one time her face did seem to be registering why there were so many people in the bath with her!
The first time in the reclining Mamas and Papas part of the push chair and for the first time wearing her excellent ‘Ewok’ coat. She looked amazing and very cosy. This combo led to her having a four hour nap in the day which was another first. In the end mum had to wake her. Another first!
This week of observations, lessons and reminders have led me back to two core scriptures and desires of the Father –
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” 16 God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. Rom 8:15-16 The message
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. 1 Jn 4:16
Bethany and Liam’s spirits wanted Ivy to be reminded of the love they have and feel for her, and for her, through consistent reminders, to know it and rely upon it.
Just as any parent, including God the Father would!
Thanks Ivy for all you have given me this week.
One proud granddad.
What she clung to eventually destroyed the surrounding environmentHer clinging perspective was catastrophic to her surroundingsWhat she deemed as valuable had destroyed what was ‘priceless!’
“What may we be clinging to that seems valuable, which might be destroying that which is priceless?”
- a mindset
- a tradition
- a attitude
- a loss
- a grudge
- pride, vengeance, bitterness, offence
when he apologises for what he said about me I’ll apologise to him!
Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit grace that could be theirs. Jonah 2:8
An idol is any person, possession or position, that we value and esteem above all, and from which we draw our sense of worth.
victim, betrayed, reject, loser, second, last, over-looked, abused, old, past it, lost it!
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Victor Frankl
A human being is a deciding being. Victor Frankl
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. Victor Frankl
Father never moves the goalposts!His unmerited love and unrivalled power are always there, regardless.
Is it time to fling and not cling?Time to forgive and release ourselves?Time to come back to grace and be stamped afresh?