Scripture: Proverbs 8:30-31 I was the architect at his side.I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence.And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family!
Have you ever noticed how small children are able to turn practically anything into a game? I was talking to a friend who was babysitting his nieces the other day and he could not believe how contented and happy his 2 year old niece was, playing with a bed sheet. She would put it over her head and pretend she was a ghost, then she would hook the elasticated corner of the sheet over her head like a hat and pretend she was a princess with a long gown. She found all manner of things to do with that simple bed sheet that made her smile and giggle to herself. What struck me the most though, was the fact that if my friend left the room for any reason while she was playing with the sheet and she had deemed it time for a costume change, she would search for her uncle with urgency to show him the latest creation and only once she had shown it to him did she seem truly pleased with herself.
Listening to Clean Bandit’s house hit ‘Rather Be’ always conjures up images similar to my friend and his niece in my mind, only in my imagination I want to be the niece and would like the uncle role to be played by God. You see I don’t believe it was the sheet that was making this little girl happy at all, it was the fact that she was in the presence of her most beloved uncle. There she felt safe, loved and free to express herself in anyway she wished. So though a bed sheet is up there with the least exciting things of all time, she did not need a fancy doll’s house or Dora the explorer toy. Her delight was in her uncle and every time he smiled at her latest creation, well that made it all worth the while and spurred her on not to think about the toys that she had at her house but to be happy to continue playing with whatever she could find at her uncle’s house.
This is not to say that if someone walked in with her favourite toy and gave it to her she would ignore it. I am sure she would discard the sheet and find a new game to play with the toy. In the same way we should learn to be content with the situations that we are in, but prepared to take any new opportunities that come our way. The song says ‘If you gave me a chance I would take it’ and if we are truly able to make the Lord our delight and be prepared to trust him in any situation, then we, will be able to make Proverbs 8:31 true in our lives and be happy with the world; not because it is perfect but because we are sure of who is with us and when we are with him there will be no place we’d rather be!