August 14, 2017 by Kgalalelo
My seven year old daughter has had a wiggling tooth for a few weeks and one day when we went to fetch her from school she declared with excitement that the tooth came out while she was eating. Luckily, she didn’t swallow it. She was extremely happy as she took it out of her pocket wrapped in a tissue paper and has been keeping it in there to show us. She narrated the story from the school gate right to the car that was parked a few metres away.
We’ve all had our milk teeth come out, it a natural process that begins from the ages of six to twelve years. I guess my baby still has a long way to go. When we arrived home she put the tooth inside her shoe and put that shoe under the bed knowing that the tooth mouse would come in the middle of the night and replace the tooth with money. This is what I taught her as a parent, because my mother taught me also and she has seen in movies and learnt from school that the tooth mouse gives money in exchange for a tooth. When my now ten year old daughter turned eight, I heard her one day counting how many teeth still needs to come out and all the money she was going to receive. I found that hilarious.
In the morning of the expected cash in, my baby came into my bedroom to inform me that the tooth mouse never came. Her sister had told her that it was supposed to come very early in the morning or at night and if it didn't then something was wrong. My two daughters entered my bedroom together shortly after and my suspicious ten year old daughter asked “Mommy are you the tooth mouse?” I was astounded as the question was unexpected and I said “no baby, I’m not” and then she moved to my husband and asked “daddy are you the tooth mouse”, who of course said no too. The game was almost over and I knew that at some point in time, she especially, would figure it out but never thought it would be so soon. The innate intelligence of a ten year old was beginning to show as she told us that she was a detective and she would soon find out the truth and the little sister just followed her around agreeing with her older sister.
I immediately changed the topic and asked them to go take a bath as it was Saturday morning thinking that as soon as they jumped into the bath tub, the tooth mouse would run quickly into the room and put some money in the shoe. They entered the bathroom, left the door open and ran the bath but their eyes were fixed on me and they followed my moves while waiting for the bath tub to fill up. I knew that I was busted and then confessed that I was indeed the tooth mouse and also Santa Clause. I am the one who has been putting money in their shoes all these years and buying presents every Christmas. My ten year old hugged me with a smile and said “thank you mommy for telling the truth” but then remembered that she had a long list herself this year for Santa Clause and out came “what about my list to Santa Clause?” Well, that’s what you get for being too wise; a negotiated gift!
Meanwhile, my little one started crying as she declared, “I didn’t want to know mommy, I still want to believe in the tooth mouse”. She was a little sad but I had to reassure her that she was going to find out eventually.
This incident took me back to the Garden of Eden and I knew that God was demonstrating something of significance to me through humour as this was really funny, but there was a message in the lesson. The eating of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil opened our eyes and we became wise and conscious, though before then, Adam and Eve just depended on God like children. What God said to them was good enough and they couldn’t wait for the next surprise. They questioned absolutely nothing and followed guidelines. They had a great life in the garden and were covered by the glory of God. Unbelief didn’t exist before then, no struggle, no pain, just confirmed automatic provision on a daily basis without any effort from their side. They lived in the perfect will of God.
My children likewise, couldn’t wait for the gifts and the money knowing that they would surely receive but as soon as they became conscious it meant that we had to negotiate and depending on circumstances they would or would not receive everything they wished for. Now we had to reason together whereas before, I would move mountains and go around town trying to find the gift that had been requested in a letter from Santa Claus. Whether there was money or not, I simply tried my best to make my children happy but now since they know that I am the Santa Claus, hopefully they would become reasonable in what they ask for Christmas. They would have to think deeply about it and make sure that the gifts are right and useful.
God said to Adam “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”(Genesis 3:16). Work came into being because of awareness, thinking came into being because of that one action and Adam and Eve had the responsibility of thinking for themselves and making plans whereas before, they left the thinking unto God and just pressed the button so to say.
I believe that our relationship with God is similar, if we have childlike faith, anything is possible, we do not second guess, we don’t think too much as we allow God to give us what is best for us. We automatically align our will with God’s Will, everything is on autopilot but as soon as consciousness kicks in, we reason things out, plan and even doubt if our plans would come into being as we see our requirements as humongous.
Last Christmas my little girl asked for a flashlight and a microphone and I went to great lengths to get those things for her. There was absolute faith that Santa would deliver without fail, and ‘Santa Clause’ surely did. I moved from one mall to the next looking for the perfect torch for my daughter and she cherished it. She would go into the closet and close the door so that it becomes dark in there for her to use the flashlight. She would also go to bed early, switched off the light, covered her head with the blankets so that she could use the flashlight underneath them. It was fun for her and she really enjoyed herself and took the flashlight wherever she went.
Adam and Eve faulted in Genesis 3:16 thus setting the world tumbling down, however, in John 3:16 we were reconciled back into the Garden of Eden metaphorically speaking as the Bible says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”. Jesus became the second Adam; this time, to return us to the place of perfection where we could depend again unto God like children and ask Him to give us what is best for us, to exchange the tooth with something better and more glorious. This kind of interaction, ensures that we always receive our daily bread without thinking too much about where it will come from. The provision automatically shows up whichever way God sees fit.
Jesus said that what is required of us is faith of a mustard seed. I once visited a church were the pastor was teaching about the faith of a mustard seed. He had brought a cup full of mustard seeds and moved around the church to show us. The mustard seed is the smallest seed I have ever seen. It’s very tiny and it shows that God doesn’t requires so much from us. The Bible also says in Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” The reconciliation that occurred following Jesus’ crucifixion and rising ensured that we can have once again anything which is ours by divine right. With the faith of the mustard seed, we approach the throne with childlike confidence knowing that the grace of God abounds.
God gives us more than we ask for unlike the ‘tooth mouse’. I took whatever bill I had in my bag at that time to put in the shoe and sometimes I would put a few bigger coins if I didn’t have the bank notes. Even being the Santa Clause I did my very best but with God before you even ask, He already knows what you need. I could only await the letter addressed to Santa to handle the request. Our approach should be in knowing all the time that God with His infinite power and resources can do far more abundantly than all that we can ask or think and we have to give Him the glory and the honour as said in Ephesians 3:20.
I am really grateful for the ear to hear and listen and the ability to be aware and act when directed to do so as all of my messages are inspired by God Himself. Thank you Father.
Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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