There are a plethora of moments of grace within each day. God tucks them within the pages of a book, the aroma of a body wash, the sip of coffee, the glow of a candle, the downy fuzz of a baby’s head, the notes of music, the colors of a rainbow, the scent of a flower, the kiss of a baby, the joy of laughter… These moments of grace remind me of His love and the power of that love!
I had a moment like that when the other day, Hubs said, “I love you” to O-Girl and she replied, “I luh you.” I am not exaggerating this. Hubs and I both distinctly heard this. She also has been known to say, “Hiyah, Da!” Precious words! Such a reminder of grace!
There are also unexpected moments of grace. Times when I can enjoy a good laugh and see humor in spite of less than attractive surroundings. Today I had a moment like that. Two boys seem to have diarrhea and all four children had to poop at once. I know it’s not polite to talk of such things, but motherhood deals with such reality.
Grace can only be found in first acknowledging such realities. Grace cannot be found in facades, masks, shallowness, and trite phrases. Grace deals with the grim details, the hard lines, the pungent odors, the slop. It takes these disgusting offerings and exchanges them for thoughts of love, words of kindness, unconditional love, acts of service.
So today, I had my moment of grace when I found myself laughing. I was laughing at jokes Hubs and I were making. I said, “You can tell you have seen too much poop when you find yourself rhyming to poop. ” Yes, I was really telling silly jokes that rhymed with poop. Hubs then said, “You can tell you are all ‘pooped-out’ when you are sitting on the floor winding up toilet paper.” He also said some other word, but I can’t remember. It was funny. Yes, I was winding up toilet paper that a son had unwound in the process of trying to wipe himself. Yeah, it was ridiculous, but grace is finding humor in moments like these — when I have to keep smelling and looking and cleaning up after poop. It doesn’t get more basic than that!