Last Friday we went to Brenham for the day. That's where they make Blue Bell ice cream, and that alone could cause the trip to be worthwhile. However, we went to see the bluebonnets and take our annual wildflower photos.
As we drove across the Washington county line we were greeted by fields of gorgeous wildflowers. Of course, there were acres of bluebonnets, but there were also Indian paintbrushes and beautiful fields of yellow wildflowers. It was breathtakingly beautiful, and I was once again amazed at the handiwork of our Father.
As we all piled out of the car to stretch our legs after the 2 hour trip, the kids took off running through the fields. We took some good pictures and made some wonderful memories. More than that, I was reminded at how the simple joys are really still the best.
Avari and her cousins all ran around so happy and carefree. It made me wish for that kind of abandon. Then I remembered that our Father calls us to be just like those children. You don't believe me? Jesus says this in Matthew 18:3-4:
3Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.We, as God's children, have the freedom to come and turn our every care over to Him. I fail miserably at this on a near daily basis. Thankfully, His love never fails and His mercies are new every morning.
Isn't it just astounding that if we choose to be, we can live our lives basking in our dependence upon Him instead of struggling with our own ineptitudes? He doesn't love us more or less based on our accomplishments or accolades. Papa simply wants us to rely on Him and allow Him to lead as we follow.
I want to be like a child. That's the lesson I learned in the bluebonnets this week.