I find these scattered across the kitchen and slapped on to the metal doors in our house constantly. I love watching Norah race from the kitchen to the front door for however long she feels necessary until her mission is complete (though that often means a trail of magnets and one very satisfied toddler). However, magnets take me deeper.
Years back I co-led an international retreat at my university and that was during the time that God enlightened me to the doctrines of grace. God used magnets to show me the total depravity of man. I know it sounds slightly crazy, but hang with me for a second.
A magnet possesses a magnetic field to attract certain substances. It has the property of attracting other metals.
There I was back in 2009 comparing myself to a magnet- the only property I had before Christ saved me was rebellion. I was attracted to sin. Completely dead- apart from all forms of righteousness on my own. Drawn only to darkness.
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-
3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved-
6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
God drew me to himself through the beauty of His Son and changed my properties. I am no longer polar opposite to the Creator, but one with him through the atoning work of Christ.
Once dead, now alive.
My girl especially loves playing with real kitchenware. She definitely knows the difference between her toy ones and the real deal. Bent down with her, I find this muffin pan masterpiece. I love how she organized the old spoons I gave her😊
It’s the small masterpieces like this throughout the day that make messes okay and a reminder of the small mess I am in God’s master plan to bring glory to his name and joy to his people, sanctifying us along the way.
A Toddler Feeding Herself
As I look at Norah with her sweet cheeks, searching for the fried rice that has fallen into her shirt, I’m filled with gratitude.
Gratitude that God brings us into each new season with such gentleness and love. I’m glad that I have sweet images like this throughout my day that remind me that I’m still learning just like Norah. A year ago I wasn’t picturing this. I was still using the Baby Bullet to make all of Norah’s food and using two bibs while feeding her. At the time, it seemed like ages before she would master this task.
Then I consider myself a year ago. Working through different sin, learning to take care of my ever-changing baby, and living in a new place attending a new church. God had brought me through and to a new season, all kinds of new challenges and graces to be found.