The Secret


He’d walked past me a few times and kept looking my way.

“Do you want to hold her?” I asked.

He nodded his head no.

I sat there again holding my granddaughter who is almost 4 months old. My 3-year-old grandson loves babies. This is his little cousin.

I sat holding her in a comfortable chair that sits in my kitchen.

He finally decided to come over and these were his words:

“Grandma, I do want to hold her.  BUT…I don’t want you to tell anybody.  I don’t want anyone to come over and I don’t want you to take any pictures.”

I reassured him that this would be our secret.

We exchanged places and he took the comfortable chair as I knelt on the floor next to him.  I placed the baby on his lap.  I positioned her in a way that faced him.  He sat there for the longest time “holding her”.  At first he just looked at her and studied her.   He then gently rubbed her hair.  He eventually took both of her hands in his and began to sing a song to her as he moved her hands up and down.  To be completely honest, I’m not sure what song it was that he sang. It was a moment between the two of them in his eyes.   He talked to her.  He cooed for her.  He smiled at her and she smiled back.

I kept to my word and did not call attention to him.  I did not snap a picture.  I just let him have his time with his little baby cousin.  When he was done, he told me so and I removed her from his lap.

It was such a sweet span of time.

No one, not a sibling or cousin saw it.  Not one other parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent witnessed it. I was the privileged one for this moment in time.

A moment I will treasure for a very long time.

It reminds me of the secret room.

The Bible talks of things done in secret.  Good things.  Honorable things.  Prayerful times.

No one “sees me” times.

But, The Father sees.

Matthew 6:4

“…so that your giving may be in secret.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Matthew 6:6

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Matthew 6:18

“…so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

May you have many secret times today to treasure in your heart!

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