Hours pass quickly when I’m engrossed in my granddaughter’s antics. The child occupies her moments investigating, exploring, and experimenting. I attempted to keep up with her for a couple of hours yesterday and found that though she was not interested in a nap, I needed one. I love her expressions and the way she smiles with her eyes. Her sounds range from a gentle cooing to boisterous blasts of a language only she understands. And Grandpa can’t get enough. But Fern is wise beyond her single year and has much to teach if I’m willing to learn. Like the lesson of Daddy’s face.

Fern’s little head swivels rapidly as she moves to observe in all directions simultaneously. My vertigo kicks in just watching and child-holding reflexes are tested to the max by that gyrating body. One thing stops the bobble-heading instantly, though, and that is the sound of Daddy’s voice. She knows her father’s sound and locks on to him like a guided missile.

In that moment games, baubles and trinkets lose all meaning. Fern chooses the one thing that matters. She wants facetime with Dad.

A change comes over the child in that instant. She grows quiet, the squirming ceases, and the twinkle sparkles a bit brighter in her blue eyes. She sees Daddy. In his arms she will find love, contentment and security.

OK, Fern, I get it. I’m caught up in worries and cares so deeply I often miss the Father’s voice when He gently calls. As I frantically work to solve my own problems and push forward to collect what I think has value, I continue as though nothing happened. And to my loss I don’t comprehend His message.

The book of Numbers records among other things the instructions God gave to Moses on how Israel should worship. God included a blessing that Aaron, the high priest, was supposed to pray over the people. Read these words slowly and contemplate the meaning.

The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26 NASB

Imagine God, the Creator, looking up from His work to see you and me busy at life. His radiant face reflects love, and His eyes confirm the special place we have in His heart. Wouldn’t that be the ideal moment to stop the bustling and make eye contact? Could that instant of connection build our resolve to live life with an awareness of His shining countenance upon us?

Original watercolor by Michelle Nichols

The blocks we’re stacking and the stuffed animals we’re collecting suddenly seem of little importance.

David prayed for the blessing of God’s look of love. He wanted God’s holy eyes to twinkle as God looked upon him.

Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness. Psalm 31:16 NASB

Another psalmist gave this instruction.

Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually. Psalm 105:4 NASB

Fern grasps that truth and is single-minded in her quest for face-time with Dad.

What a smart granddaughter!