The Little Red Spinning Wheel
There it was, the Little Red Spinning Wheel! It was just what any little girl would want! Why you could make scarves, mittens hats. It was just the right thing for any little girl who lived in snowy New York State. And what fun it would be, making all those things, especially on days when you couldn’t go outside and needed something to do!
It came up on the TV many times; such a dazzling toy, yet a useful and helpful toy. It wouldn’t be a waste. Yes, this toy appealed to me, yes me, so much and I just had to have it! But it was kind of expensive. At least it was expensive for my family; there were eight of us and funds were minimal. But I just had to have it! “Please Mom! Will you get it for me? Look at what I can do with it! It would be a great Christmas present!” Although I hoped, I didn’t really expect to get it.
Surprise on Christmas Day
Christmas was always an exciting day at our house. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we had lots of love and my parents always managed to get us a couple things – usually one thing we needed and then something we wanted within reason. We always had a wonderful time as family on this special day. But would I get the Little Red Spinning Wheel? As I eagerly unwrapped my present, there it was! They had actually gotten this for me! I was so excited and could hardly wait to use it.
After “Christmas” was over (Actually Christmas is never over if we know Jesus), I sneaked away to my room with my Little Red Spinning Wheel ready to make all my hats, scarves, and mittens! But guess what? It didn’t happen! I starting “spinning my yarn” – It made something like a long braid and then you were supposed to knit the braids together into different projects. Well, it took forever just to spin one braid and I soon got tired of it. Oh, The Little Red Spinning Wheel was not all it was made out to be. 🙁 Soon the Little Red Spinning Wheel was packed away or given away and I no longer used it.
I was quite a young girl when all this happened and I learned several lessons regarding this life event. It is still so vivid in my mind. Here are some things I learned and what I would love to instill into the hearts and minds of my grandchildren
- We can easily be lured away by the things of the world. How attractive worldly pleasures can be and how easily the devil creeps in showing us the wonderful things we can have. But guess what? Things don’t make you happy
- My parents loved me very much! They showed their love by making a great sacrifice in order to give me my heart’s desire
- Seeing and wanting can soon become coveting. How dangerous this can end up to be. Just look at the story of Achan in the Bible and Ananias and Sapphira and Lot. These and others are written for our example.
- God too loves me greatly, often giving me my own hearts desires in order to teach me values in life. He made the supreme sacrifice of giving. He gave His life so that I could have life. He did the same for you.
Teach your children and grandchildren to Love not the world nor the things of the world. Teach them not to covet and that things cannot give them happiness. There is nothing in this world that can bring real happiness; The only true source of joy and happiness is found in the Lord and living for Him. As we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will in turn give us the desires of our heart. This may be true because as we delight in Him our desires change and we become more conformed to His image wanting only His will for our lives.
On a Side Note: Do you want to see a picture of the Little Red Spinning Wheel. If you do a google search you’ll see several pictures.