When Full Is Empty

Ps103“Mummy!! Do you have clothes for me?” Our four-year-old’s voice was high-pitched and worried.

“Are your drawers empty?” I tried to remember if I’d put their laundry away yet.

“No, but they are not full of pink.” Her sad blue eyes spoke just as loudly as her voice.

Oh sweet daughter. I know exactly how you feel.

Sometimes things are simply not what I hoped for.

Despite abundance. Even when there is so much to be grateful for. Even when my drawers are full of (non-pink) clothes.  Even when full feels empty.

Sometimes my heart is set on something else.

Not because of ungratefulness or discontent.  But because of a desire, a hope, a dream.

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Adults love to ask little kids about their favorite color.  This question always left our gorgeous creative daughter silent.  It would stop her in her tracks and leave her unable to answer.  One day she said explained to me, “But I love every color.”  Ahhh she’s my kindred heart!

In order to honor and enjoy all the colors she loves, she decided to select a new favorite color every day.

Clearly today was pink’s day.

I LOVE to delight my kids.  I love to give them good things.  I love blessing them.

And so we found pink.

And I was reminded of a deep beautiful joy: Our Father, our Creator, loves to delight His children.

And I am thinking about all the times He blessed me with something more than what I had.  When He gave me the desires, the dreams, the hopes of my heart.

Praise the LORD, I tell myself, and never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He ransoms me from death and surrounds me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! | The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.  (Psalm 103:2-5, 13 NLT)

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