My kids are getting bigger and more independent.
I know that this statement is not earth-shattering, but it can be a bit jarring to me nonetheless.
My daughter started junior kindergarten last Thursday, and today is Day 2 for her.(Although she will tell you that it’s Day 3, because “Remember when I had my interview with my teacher, mom?!”). She skipped to the bus this morning and happily waved to me from the window, eager to start another day of new adventures.
My son is in Grade 3 this year and simply refuses to listen to me when I tell him that I have had enough of his getting older, and that I am just not going to allow him to turn eight. In fact, this may be the reason that I am still dragging my feet about putting together a birthday party for him…my denial is a powerful thing.
It’s so still in my house, so quiet that I am acutely aware that I am alone. No one is calling to me, asking me for a snack, for help in the bathroom, for a cup of water for paint, for “Mom, I can’t find my grasshopper”…it’s just me, and my overwhelming list of all the things I should accomplish today.
Oh, wait, I just heard something else….
Psalm 46:10a “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God”
And I am also reminded of…Isaiah 30:15-16
“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says:“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift!”
I am asking the Lord to help me to enjoy these brief moments of quiet, to teach me in these moments what I cannot hear in the noise. I do not want to be quick to flee on my “horse” (my Toyota?), and miss these times that I can spend in God’s presence.
And I can tell you for sure, that the only pursuers that I want chasing me are my darling children that will be off the bus at promptly 2:36.
What about you? Have you taken a few moments yet today to quiet yourself before the Lord?