Today, while running errands, Maren insisted on jumping in the mud puddles in the parking lot. I started to be Crabby Mean Mom, but the look of pure joy on her face stopped me in my tracks.
It was a God moment for me!
Maren is the perfect combination of feisty, stubborn, child-like innocence, and I thank God for using her to bring His joy into my life. I did a little jumping myself! #7 on my 40 by 40 list—jumping in puddles with my kids—Check!!!
As always, God uses my children to teach me about His love. Scripture is full of leaping and jumping for the Lord!
Elizabeth said to Mary at the Visitation,
“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” Luke 1:42-44
After Peter healed a crippled man,
He leaped up, stood, and walked around, and went into the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God. Acts 3:8
In Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain, He said,
“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Luke 6:22-23
Don’t be afraid to leap for joy with our amazing Lord!