Tin Foil Roses: 
Making the best out of nothing under 
the guidance of my Heavenly Father.

 
 
''Grandchildren are the crown of the aged...'' Proverbs 17:6a

Being only 24 years old, this verse has never really struck much of a chord with me as I am far from thinking about being a grandparent.  I mean, how many of us have actually thought about being a grandparent before we really are one

Yesterday, while shopping at the mall, we took the children to the playcenter that a local hospital has built for young children to play on.  It's a favorite spot of my children, but never have I really paid much attention to the other people that are around the area until yesterday.  After being there for about ten minutes I noticed an old man, walking around with a cane, looking half lost in one aspect and completely found in another.  After a bit I was starting to get worried that he couldn't find hsi wife or caretaker or whomever he came with...or worse, worried that maybe he had Alzheimers and wondered here, now not knowing how to get back to where he was supposed to be.  

Then, after Joaquin sat down in total exhaustion from playing with the children, the old man arose and started wondering, eventually making his way to where we were sitting where he proudly exclaimed, 'I knew you'd get tired before they did.'' He'd spent that entire time watching us as if he'd known us forever.  Five minutes later he had wondered on into a department store.

This man really made me think.  I have no idea what his circumstances truly are, however, I imagined he's a very lonely man, just wanting some companionship and maybe a kid to climb up into his lap and read a good book or watch re-runs of Andy Griffith or something.  I prayed for him there in the playcenter, and will continue to pray for him for quite some time, as he has drastically touched my heart in so many ways.

Where was his grandchildren?  Did he even have any?  Could he possibly have grandchildren that just aren't around for one reason or another, or did he even take the time to raise a family during his younger years? Did The Lord even bless him with the ability to have children? What was this man's story? I was yearning to know.

Now, I'm left with all these questions, and they have made me think so much about my own life.  God gives us children as a blessing..they are his GIFT.  And I love that this man's story, whatever it may be, has made me realize that, more than I already know.  One of the blessings that come from the children that God gives us is that there are always little companions around.  And God gives us the means and ways to keep a close knit family, so that maybe, just maybe, I will have my grandchildren in my life so that I'm not a lonely woman longing to have those youthful companions.  Longing for them so much that it makes one's heart happy just to sit and watch stranger's children happily playing in a mall.  I feel blessed that I'm never alone.  That I have God, and my family to keep me company all the days of my life.  For that, I am thankful.  And that, is the lesson that the old man at the mall taught me.
 


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    Heather

    I am a homeschooling, SAHM of 3 gifts from God, a helpmeet to the most wonderful man in the world, and daycare provider to 4 vibrant children. I ♥ MY LIFE!

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