Eating Peas

This is a picture of my sweet grand-daughter Emmaline after she experienced eating peas for the first time:

peasAnd I can’t help but bursting out in laugh every time I look at her little face, partly because I love her so, but also because I can so relate. I feel what she feels. Even though I love peas. But you know what I mean.

And I keep looking at that picture of this little girl I so love--her eyes, her eyebrows, her lips… and I wish I could tell her that it’s just a part of the growing up experience, and that one day she might love peas. And carrots, and steak and ice cream. Even tuna. But the first few times we are introduced to texture, color and taste, it’s kind of weird, uncomfortable, and not very exciting. It’s like that with many things in life, partly because we are creatures of habit, and we don’t like to be stretched.

I am sure that my sweet Emmaline would love to stick to Momma’s milk for a while. But Momma knows best. And thus the picture. And Emmaline’s Momma, she loves her so much that she is going to keep giving her peas. And she will give her carrots. And graham crackers too. And Emmaline, she will begin to enjoy the experience of texture, color and taste. And one day, she might even ask for more. And make a happy face.

And God, He might very well be smiling big when He sees my face at times. Or He might even burst out in laugh. Because God, He knows what’s good for me. And He knows that I am safe. And what I need right now. So He patiently waits until I let Him feed me my peas. And He stretches me a bit so that I can start to enjoy them. And ask for more. Or carrots, or tuna.

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  1. I saw that precious picture in Monday’s Musings and I just had to click on through! She’s very adorable, and your metaphor is spot on. What a wonderful reminder that God loves us and helps us grow from glory to glory…or from milk to peas to carrots then steak 🙂


  2. This is so beautiful and refreshing. How quickly I judge an experience by the very first taste. I jump to conclusions. I can hold to stubbornness. What a wonderful reminder that everything is a little strange the first time around and not to give up. He knows what we need. Thank you for linking at Unforced Rhythms.


  3. I love this analogy of God stretching us and kids learning to try new foods, Barbara! It’s so true and encouraging. That picture is absolutely adorable. I have been thinking about grandkids a lot lately even though it’s not quite time for me yet. It is a period of life I’m really looking forward to!


  4. I get so tickled at the thought of our Heavenly Father delighting over us like we dote over our little ones. I’m sure I exhibit this same expression continually throughout my day – in traffic, while separating laundry, when the toilet paper roll is empty. You know! Thanks for another sweet post, Barbara.


  5. I just love that picture of your grand-daughter. Precious. And what a wonderful analogy of how God knows what’s best for us even if it tastes or feels funny at first. Thank you for sharing with Three Word Wednesday. Blessings.


  6. “the first few times we are introduced to texture, color and taste, it’s kind of weird, uncomfortable, and not very exciting. It’s like that with many things in life” – I can sooo relate. It pretty much sums up the feelings I shared in my post about my first day in Kenya that I linked up behind you at God’s Girl. Thanks so much for sharing your adorable granddaughter with us!


  7. How cute! I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of peas – most other vegetables I love, but cooked peas are just ewww, LOL! Now sugar peas straight from the garden… delicious! Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop 🙂 Feel free to come back to or any of the other hosts and share another!


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