My son six year old son has been showing me a lot about joy (now that I am paying close attention!) He is licking the chocolate off of his crepe with abandon as I am writing this. I don't have the heart to correct him. It looks like too much fun.
When I asked him if he wanted to go out back and pick raspberries, he immediately replied with an enthusiastic "yes!" Then he wanted to be sure his sister knew that he would have raspberries for her when he returned. God has given him such a generous heart.
As I stood at my kitchen window, I got to watch him leap from place to place around the bushes as he hunted for raspberries. The leaping was my favorite part- such joy! Then he came back in with twelve raspberries. Since they are new plants, we only get a handful at a time. Shannon raced upstairs from the basement to enjoy them with him. As she walked back down the steps she announced "raspberries are my new favorite fruit!"
I have been contemplating planting raspberry bushes for 7 years now. This summer I finally did it. I am so glad I did. Children and raspberry bushes have plenty to teach me about God. I can't wait to see their reaction next summer when we get a full crop.