My indifferent heart

The little boy slipped, fell down and winced, clutching his knee. His entire little face squeezed upon itself saying, “Pain!”

Wiping grease from my chin I felt my full belly roll over from its rest, half moaning, “What’s this?”

Tired of ten million worries and fears and responsibilities my heart groaned, “What now?”

“You better check on that little boy. He’s yours,” my head commanded.

My paternal instinct knew that the damage was not critical, so I slowly rose from my comfort and took my time arriving to the accident scene. The skinny little boy was dirtied from playing and falling in the dirt, and his thin limbs were all rolled up with him on his side. He told me it hurt “here and here”.

Yielding to the inconvenience, I scooped him up tenderly going through the motions. We filled a bag with ice to cool the hurt “here and here” and to shrink the bump now rising on his temple. A pretty hard knock after all. Still, my heart secretly longed for that comfy chair.

Then the Spirit spoke up. Look at him, your little boy. Look at him, he’s hurt and crying. This is a chance. My heart – although indifferent at times – loves to love. And it opened up and began to love and sent soothing words to fall from my lips to heal the hurt here and here.

My boy blinked his tears away and let out a long sigh, his thin body going limp in my arms. Yes, daddy loves me. And upon hearing this and feeling this, my cocoon of indifference completely melted away. And I sat for as long as needed as we bathed in the Spirit of love.

And then I sat and lingered for a little longer than needed — really much more comfortable than before.

 

16 comments on “My indifferent heart

  1. Rachel says:

    Beautiful story of a father’s love for his little boy♥

  2. Denise says:

    What a heart-warming story! I started my day with this story and what a nicer way to start than reading of the love a father has for his child!

  3. Lovely reminder to allow the spirit to break through that layer of indifference… we all have it. I have a little girl home sick from school today… hmmm… I wonder how I might help her feel better ‘here and here’. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Now I’ve found you and your words. Wonder-filled, LAE

  4. tessf says:

    What a sweet story. Glad I found it today. :)

  5. Lesley-Anne says:

    Because you were brave enough to write about this limitation of indifference, I was able to identify the same in me. Because you were listening and obedient, I too was drawn to make some changes, play Battleship, rub a back, scratch a head, watch a movie or two, and make myself more available to my sweet sick daughter this week. I feel a renewed intimacy with my 14 year old. Thank you for sharing the Spirit’s prompting, and rippling out into my little world. Bless you Vince!

  6. Da-Kicker says:

    Vince,

    I really appreciate this and it’s something i can truly identify with. It’s awesome that you were willing to allow God to use you in this situation despite the discomfort and the inconvenience.

    Thanks for sharing

    Rick

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