Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Don't Miss the "Out of the Routine" Moments

My Youngest is very routine oriented and always has been. We have developed a routine when we get home from school: remove socks, wash hands, have a snack. After a snack, he watches a video and hangs out until his older brother gets home.

Yesterday, he unexpectedly broke from his routine. When it was time for his video, instead he came to the couch where I was taking a break from a very hectic and tiring day. He asked for a hug. Now he does this quite often -- asking for a hug unexpectedly -- but on this afternoon, he crawled up on my lap, laid his head on my chest and gave me a sweet hug. When I asked if he was going to watch his video, he replied, "Momma, I just want to spend time with you." And we relaxed together, doing nothing else, for quite a few minutes.

How precious that time was -- how out of the routine. How much I would have missed if I would have just sent him on his way so I could have quiet moments to myself. I would have even missed the peacefulness of the moment if we had used the time to talk or watch TV instead of "just spend time" with each other.

It won't be long and those moments will be fewer and farther between. But for now, I will hang on to that memory for as long as I need to until the other one comes. It was a special way to learn that while I try to do all the things that I feel are necessary for myself and my family, allowing something "away from the routine" to happen is a way that God can surprise you with blessing. 

Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me. Psalms 103:2 (NLT) 
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