Enjoying the Beauty of a Full Moon

Last month, my almost three-year-old became enamored by a full moon. She was ready for bed but crawled up with me on the couch for a few minutes. While sitting there, she looked out the window and noticed a bright ball in the sky, and she couldn’t take her eyes off of it. She wanted all the lights in the house to be turned off so the moon’s light could be seen even better.

Okay, part of it was probably her way of stalling because she didn’t want to go to bed quite yet. Who could blame her? Her sister was already asleep, so she had a few precious moments of our complete attention.

As she sat there, watching the moon rising in the sky, she looked at me and said, “It’s so pretty, isn’t it?” Absolutely. She didn’t have to convince me. I love watching the beauty of God’s creation, but to be honest, I don’t do it as often as I used to. Things have changed. Life has gotten busy with two little girls to chase, baths to splash in, and bedtime stories to read. But let me tell you, my heart longs for that calming peace of God’s beauty.

I get so caught up in the things that need done that I forget about being still and allowing God’s presence to wash over me.

In that moment with my daughter, I felt like God was reminding me to be like her. She was absolutely content watching the light from the moon dance through the blowing tree branches, and she wanted me to share in that joy.

Too often I rob my children of simple pleasures of my presence because I’m too busy trying to get chores done around the house. All they want is for me to be in the moment with them. And isn’t that what God wants from us too? He wants us to enjoy just sitting with him and soaking up the love he wants to pour on us.

Another full moon is coming up this weekend. By then, my baby will be three. What a wonderful way to celebrate the last three years with a kind-hearted little lady! I’ll put my to-do list away and focus on the blessings right in front of me. Won’t you grab your little ones and do the same?

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