My rice dinner experiment backfired in the most unimaginable way ever. I will try to make it through this post without sobbing.
My plan was simple by serving simply white rice and water as a surprise to my 6 children-
It was to be a lesson in:
" We are using this as a visual and physical lesson in the harsh reality of poverty and hunger. With a message in gratitude for the absurd abundance most of us know."
I had it all planned- My children were to be seated at the table served only rice and water- Then after their dismay we were going to discuss what God has to say about poverty and hunger. I was going to show them a heart of gratitude-!!!!
But then this is what happened. Okay-Don't cry Steffany....
I sat them down. First they looked a little surprised. Then one by one they thanked me for dinner and ate. I was humbled. I was floored. Wait a minute..They were suppose to protest or something. But NO! They sat there thankful for their food. We then prayed and talked about FEED THE FORGOTTEN and each of my kids selfishly offered all the money they had. They were each excited about how many people they could feed. As I sat there amazed...It was MY heart that the LORD filled.
After dinner they all helped clear the table, but they did it differently... I can't explain it. Except to say we all walked away BLESSED!
I am in awe of my children's hearts. They continually sacrifice in so many ways. I am so proud to be their mother.
*The best part is when my 8 year old said it was the best dinner she ever had.*