Experiencing moments of pure delight is probably my favorite thing in this world. The moment when He is so close. When His presence just fills the air around me. When my body is warmed by His nearness. When I can see His smile. When I see the perfection in His plan. These are my favorite.
Four years ago I set out with the goal of filling as many bags and backpacks as I could for children entering the foster system. You see, when a child enters the foster system they are given a backpack with some necessities, a few comfort items, and a few goodies all with the intention of giving them a few things to call theirs as they venture out into a world where stability is lacking and nowhere feels quite like home.
I took as many donations as I could get. I collected things like crayons, stuffed animals, socks, toothbrushes and soap. I made blankets for the children to cuddle with. I shopped and shopped until my cart was full. I piled and organized it all to finally put into backpacks.
The generosity of the people around me was astounding. I was so thankful for their help. The final count was twenty backpacks.
We loaded them into the car, drove them to Lutheran Family Services, and dropped them off.
Months later, our family (who was a foster family at the time) got the privilege of loving on two sweet kids from the foster system for the weekend. It was a young boy and a young girl who were both in elementary school. As they arrived at our house there was chaos as their foster mom passed along helpful information, we greeted them, and their bags were carried in. Right off the bat we pulled them into our family. We had a party at Chuck E Cheese to attend that day, so we all piled in the car and spent our afternoon feeding tokens into machines and eating pizza. By the end of the day we had become good friends with the kids.
That night I asked the girl if she would like to stay in my room, to which she quickly said yes. As she was getting ready for bed I noticed the blanket she had brought with her. It looked like one that I had made. I asked her about it and what else had come in her bag. After a few questions I was positive that upon entering the system a few months ago, she had been given one of the bags I had packed. I explained to her that my friends and I had gone shopping for the items in her bag and that we had so much fun choosing what to put in her bag.
The grin on her face said it all.
Her grin, which reached from ear to ear, was all that I needed to see to remind me why I spent my time putting those bags together. Meeting a little girl who got blessed by one of the bags allowed me the opportunity to see first hand how God uses our little acts of generosity to bless His children in big ways. It gave my heart the chance to really connect to the mission I had set out to do from the beginning- to bring a smile to a child who was looking for a reason to smile.
Seeing that smile created a moment of pure delight.
Our Father tells us that if we will delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4). If we will find joy and pleasure and satisfaction in Him, then our desires will be met. Our desire to be at peace. Our desire to be joyful. Our desire to be of use to His kingdom. All of this will be fulfilled.
You see, I didn’t create the moment of pure delight by myself. Moments of pure delight are created by His nearness and His immense blessings and perfect plans. All of this is put in the limelight when we choose to delight in Him and follow His plan for our life. When we choose to love His people and help build up His kingdom. When we choose to do this, we are giving Him the opportunity to create moments of pure delight for us.
When you seek His face. When you seek His will. When you seek His heart. He will be near and feelings of bliss will sprout up from all around. A moment of His goodness and love will be so perfectly displayed. A moment of pure delight will be created.
Delighting ourselves in Him and living the way He intended us to will create moments that we can’t create on our own. It will give God opportunities to move mountains, and being up close and front with all of that will create nothing but feelings of joy.
Our Father tells us that He will grant us the desires of our heart if we delight in Him. He knows our heart better than anyone- He created it. Therefore, it is unfathomable the ways He will grant us our desires when He knows them better than we do. We can have complete faith in the fact that our moments of pure delight will be ones perfectly and intentionally created for each one of us. In my case, my Father knew that many of my moments of pure delight include children. He created my heart to be one that bursts with joy when I am around children.
The moments for all of us will be different and will impact people in all different ways. These impacts will add up to a beautiful ocean of delightful moments.
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The opportunity to live a life made up of moments of pure delight is up to us. We must choose to delight in Him by serving Him, being obedient to Him, and loving Him. If we choose to delight in Him, delight will come our way. We will have a happy life. Not a perfect life. A peaceful life. Not an easy life. A joyful life. Not a painless life.
Our life will be an earthly one- full of sin and shame and hurt- but it will be redeemed and made beautiful by the snippets of pure delight that our Father gifts us.
If donating to these sweet foster children is something that is on your heart, I encourage you to do something about it! Contact a local foster organization, and if you don’t know of one, try and look up different foster organizations in your area. Once you find an organization, email them or call them. They will be able to further assist you and tell you ways that you can support the kids. In my case, I gave to Lutheran Family Services, which is situated in Denver. If you have questions regarding my experience, feel free to ask.
About the Author
Hi! My name is Morgan Colander. I am a junior at Lee University in Tennessee studying to be an elementary teacher. I am attempting to survive these college years as I learn to rely more on God and less on myself while being surrounded by new opportunities and decisions. College has presented itself with its difficulties- college budget, college dorms, college food, an endless list of things to do, and plenty of homesickness- but through it all, I have never been more dependent on God and realized how incapable I am to do life without Him. God, family, and friends are all I need to survive in life but some junior mints, a hike up a mountain, laughter, and some sarcasm definitely add some joy to the journey.