Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Oh, you mean DAILY bread...

I should be showering right now (what?  hadn't you heard that 2 p.m. is the new 7 a.m.?) but I can't because God is clever and funny and just a little bit of a pill sometimes, because He knows I have a soft spot for people who can be a pill but are also clever and funny.

My son is 5.  What a complicated, amazing, difficult, challenging, beautiful person he is.  Today his mission to make me crazy  a better person involved demanding MORE noodles in his bowl even though there were still many delicious noodles in there.
"You still have some.  If you finish and you're still hungry, I'll give you more."
"But I waaaaaaaaaaaaaaant more.  I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeed more.  This is a little bit of noodles and I need a LOT of noodles"
"If you are hungry, eat what's in your bowl.  If you're still hungry, then I will give you more.  Don't worry.
"But I want more NOW!"

Shazam.

I want more now.

Has God ever failed to provide for me?  No.  Has my family ever gone hungry?  No.  Are we alive and grateful for it?  Oh yes.  But is that enough?  Oh, never never.  Because I want more now.  Not more when we need it, when I've used all of this to its fullest, when more is the thing we must have in order to survive another day.  Noooooooo.

I would like my more NOW, God.  Now, I tell you!  Just look at this measly quantity of noodles in my bowl.  What if I run out and I'm still hungry?  What if I run out and you don't notice?  Yeah, definitely you should give me more now, you know just. in. case.

Give us this day our DAILY bread....

I swear I'm trying.  Thanks to my boy, today's try just got a little easier.

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28 comments :

  1. I was a little bit weepy over this post.
    And then I saw the labels for it.

    Laughter through tears. The best.

    Better chiggidy check yo self...

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  2. Oh Dweej, you are so so so smart. My kids do this all the time, but did I ever receive MY lesson from it? Nope, I would just get angry they weren't learning theirs.

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    1. Ha! Me too. Thanks, Dweej. Oh, and he has your gorgeous green eyeballs.

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    2. Agreed - time for me to change my attitude and start looking for my lesson in the endless fussing.

      Although I'm not sure what to take from the frequent sobbing "i-can't-find-my-bellybutton" episodes my 2-year-old seems to favor...

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    3. Rosie, I have this bad feeling that the belly button thing may be similar to me not knowing what God's will for me is. It's probably right there if I would look, and I'm sure I've been shown it over and over again. Sigh.

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    4. Sometimes the thing we're being shown seems so lame and boring at first that we tell ourselves this can't POSSIBLY be it. I've done that a thousand times...

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  3. He looks like he feels so much better! Better enough to beg for more noodles NOW!

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  4. He looks like he feels so much better! Better enough to beg for more noodles NOW!

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  5. He looks like he feels so much better! Better enough to beg for more noodles NOW!

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  6. Hm. What is Ellen trying to teach me today. Whatever it is, I get it. Let's move on, kid.

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  7. thank you. i always want my more now.

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  8. Wow that is really good stuff. I shall use this imagine with the young people I work with. Really good stuff.

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  9. Wow, Dwija, you really hit the nail on the head with this one. I've never thought about the significance of "daily" bread at all, but this lesson comes at a good time for me. I need to remember that things truly are working out day by day, even if the big picture is quite overwhelming. It helps that I can VERY MUCH relate to the "give me my more now" noodles analogy, having a 5-year old myself. :) You are brilliant. Or inspired. Or both.

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    1. The Holy Spirit is just very very loud with me sometimes. Lord knows I'm not very good at hearing whispers ;)

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  10. Thanks for this. The same type of thing happens to me sometimes. Sometimes I call them God-slaps but that's probably a bad term... I just haven't come up with a better one. Something that just stops you in your tracks and you're like, Ok God, I hear you.

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    1. Oh, I like "God-slaps!" Definitely needed here.

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    2. This post is a God-slap for me!

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  11. I have always said God has a sense of humor!!! great post..

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  12. Oh man this was for me. Thanks! I think.....

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  13. You and Cari are killing me today with the amazingly insightful posts. My oldest did the same thing and a parenting guru I love told me to "find the need under her words." Turns out Gianna was feeling the need for more love and affection. So I had her eat in my lap for awhile and she immediately stopped the "I want more!" phase. I don't think it's always so simple, but it looks like you are on the right track.

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  14. I am literally crying right now. Exactly what I needed to hear. You are totally speaking God's words to me (and from the looks of those comments, a lot of others as well) .

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  15. I just got smacked upside the head by this. Ouch! I definitely needed to read these words.

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  16. Wow, I really forget the God gives us children so we may learn from them. Thanks for sharing this insight! I have been struggling with anxiety over money and this was imortant for me to read!

    Meghan

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  17. I just got finished reading "The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic," and one of the most powerful statements in that book was that God promised to provide for our NEEDS, not our GREED. I think your post is in perfect harmony with that sentiment. Well done!

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  18. Great post. Awesome how a normal kind of everyday statement helped you hear God.
    I found you through Colleen and found her through New Evangelists Monthly.

    I am a Colleen, too! God bless!

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