Have you ever noticed how time flies? I’ve heard it said that the days are long but the years are short. Today I feel that way.
I passed through the office this morning and a photograph caught my attention. Before I knew it, I was pulling scrapbook after scrapbook off of the shelf looking through pictures of my children.
Where has all the time gone?
On Monday, my son will turn 20 years old and on Saturday my daughter will graduate from high school. I’m not sure how that happened since I’m only 29 years old.
Life is a series of seasons. Ecclesiastes 3 talks about many of those seasons. We all know it. We know they are a part of life, yet when we’re faced with moving from one season to the next, it still seems to catch us by surprise.
In one of my scrapbooks I found the following poem. The author is unknown.
God gave this child to you, to guide, to love, walk thru life beside. A little child so full of charms, to fill a pair of loving arms. God picked you out because He knew how safe His child would be with you.”
The reality is those we love belong to the Lord. Whether they’re sleeping in the crib down the hallway or in a bed in a foreign land, they’re His. He created them [Psalm 139:13]. He has plans for them we cannot begin to fathom [Jeremiah 29:11]. He came to earth to die for their sins so they could have a relationship with Him for all eternity [John 3:16].
I thank God for the opportunity to have a front row seat to see all He does in and through these two, and several others He’s brought into my life to love, who call me mama.
Who has the Lord given to you to love, to nurture, to teach and to invest in for a season? You don’t have to have given birth to them to have a profound impact on their lives. All you have to do is love them and be present. We’re called to fan into flame the gift of God in their lives and train them the way they should go [2 Timothy 1:6, Proverbs 22:6].
Thank you for allowing me a moment down memory lane and for challenging me to finish strong in this season. For that reason, I’ll be taking next week off to spend with my family and enjoy the multitude of celebrations we have before us. I’ll meet you back here on Tuesday, May 27th. Have a great week next week and a Happy Memorial Day on the 26th.
If you have time, pop over to Whatever Girls today. I’ve shared a post on their blog today.
Susan – Today is my son’s 18th birthday and his last day of High School. Thank you so much for your oh-so-timely blog post. Definitely a God thing!
Marina, Thank you for your encouraging words. I feel your pain. It is such a bittersweet time. Pray your son has a fabulous week celebrating his birthday and his graduation. What are his plans after high school?