Did you know that Peg in “Peg + Cat” doesn’t have a nose? Or that a giant magnet can unleash the stuck zipper of an invisibility suit? Well, thanks to TD I know these facts, and so much more. For instance…
- There are several dead ladybugs in Think Tank’s window, and that he likes to open it and play his keyboard for passersby.
- It only takes a single stick of chewing gum to bribe Songbird into taking the little people on a walk.
- Brown Sugar understands when to strategically play the Reverse, Skip, and Wild Cards in Uno—and she ain’t afraid to use ’em against her mama.
- Maven knows what allegro and andante mean, but she doesn’t get that “never the tempos shall meet.”
- It breaks Lone Ranger’s heart to “grow out of” and “pass along” her things, especially her purple bicycle.
Yes, the little people and I covered a lot of ground today—and not necessarily what I set out to learn or teach. I resisted these lessons at first. When TD asked me to sit on the couch and hold him so we could watch television together, I explained, “TD, I have things I need to do.”
“You have things you want to do, not things you need to do,” he responded.
Sassiness aside, it was true. I wanted to check stuff off my list—history lessons, a review of perpendicular angles, a vocabulary test, dinner planning, another chapter on my book—but those weren’t needs. What I needed to do was listen, cuddle, comfort, laugh, and learn.
As far as I’m concerned, there is always so much to be done, and on my timetable, in my chosen location, and to my specifications. Yet, God makes it clear that He requires my attention—not things, work, schedules, lists, or even people. There’s so much I wouldn’t know about God—His faithfulness in adversity, His truth that applies to every situation, His ability to comfort and heal me, His joy, His suffering–without sitting down and spending time with Him, without just going through with Him.
On my own I wouldn’t choose to sacrifice, love, meditate on His Word, or even sit down and rest a little while, but it’s exactly what I need to do.
“And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10: 41, 42)