His little hands were folded in his lap.
His little feet were dangling above the train floor by about 8 inches.
His eyes were wide and alert, looking straight ahead.
“Would you like to stand up and look out the train window”, I asked.
“N0”, came the answer.
“Would you like to wave to your brother in the next car?”
“No”, came another answer.
“Would you like to sit on my lap so that you can see better?”
“No”…hands still folded, eyes straight ahead.
I think the most scenery he saw was “me” sitting across from him.
Contentment is a good thing, in fact it’s a great thing, most of the time.
But not in this case.
This particular train was at the zoo.
It had a total of 4 cars that literally drove around and around and around in a circle.
He’d say when the train came to a stop.
Yes, he’d have been content to ride that train all day long and not see a thing!
I, however, knew that there were bears ahead that I wanted him to see.
I knew there was a rhinoceros and zebras that I wanted him to experience.
He wasn’t interested in all of that in this particular moment.
He knew what he knew and he liked that.
I talked him off the ride and he indeed enjoyed the rest of the zoo.
I do however think that if we’d only ridden that ride all day long he would have called it a “happy” day.
How often do I sit and see only straight what is in front of me, not bothering to look out the window or wonder what lies ahead.
Am I supposed to be in a state of contentment or is God trying to nudge me forward?
What does He have for me?
What does He want to show me and allow me to experience?
It’s my choice…and yours too.
Will you ride the little train all day and life long…
Or will you venture out and see what’s ahead?
I want to be content when I’m to be content,
But may I not miss “life” because I was so content!
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”