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Friday, July 15, 2011

Surprise Mom!

I've never really been one who likes surprises. I guess it interferes with my desire to be in control. But, as a mom, "surprises" are a daily occurrence; like finding out you've been volunteered to bake goodies for school tomorrow and it's 9pm, cleaning out the kid's backpack to find last week's lunch, or (my favorite) finding a sippy cup of milk under the sofa. (Yep, makes you gag just thinking about it, huh!).

Well, our 9 year old loves to surprise us. Sometimes they are sweet, wonderful surprises, like cleaning his bathroom without being asked, vacuuming a room just to be helpful, or making me a cup of my favorite tea when he sees I'm a little stressed. These surprises I LOVE. They warm my heart and remind me of what a sweet, thoughtful son I have. But, although they come from the same sweet spot in his heart, not all of his surprises turn out as planned. Wednesday was one of those nights.

"Surprise Mom!" he said as he came into the backyard. Just the words made me feel a twing of panic. "What surprise?" I asked. "I put the dishes away," he said. Now this wasn't a surprise since I'd asked him 3 times to put the dishes away and had threatened not to take him to the pool tomorrow if I had to ask again. "What do you mean?" I asked. "I put the dishes that were in the sink in the dishwasher after I put everything away." Sounds good so far, right. Oh, just wait...

About 20 minutes later, I came back inside. As I walked past the dishwasher, I noticed a small pool of suds on the floor. My heart sank and I closed my eyes as I opened the door, bracing myself for the inevitable. Yep, you guessed it. He surprised me by washing the dishes in the dishwasher with liquid dish soap!!! Although the dishwasher was filled with suds, only that small amount had leaked onto the floor. As I stared at more bubbles than I knew what to do with, I couldn't help but smile. It was like being in the middle of a sitcom; the only difference was I caught it at the beginning of the wash cycle. The soap dispenser was still completely full of Dawn, only the pre-wash soap had been used!!

As we cleaned up the mess together, and I explained the difference between dish soap and dishwasher detergent, it dawned on me (no pun intended). How often does this happens to us? Our best intentions don't turn out the way we planned all because we failed to simply ask or seek the help we needed. Our 2-year old mentality kicks in and we think we can "do it myself!" God desperately wants to help us, guide us, save us from having to clean up "messes" of our own making. All we have to do is ask! Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness. It's a sign of wisdom!

"Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened unto you." Matthew 7:7


Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

Wonderful story! Why is it that they are funnier when they happen to someone else? And I'm sure I've surprised God with a few disastrous surprises, too.

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