THIRTY-TWO YEARS AGO MY FIRST DAUGHTER entered the world.
Her arrival changed everything and each of the next three kids changed
everything, AGAIN! I guess that’s the way it is when you have kids; your world
is never the same. You are forced to see things differently, hear things
differently, do things differently, and yes, even say things differently. It’s
not bad…just different, and I am pleased to say, most of the “different” has
been good. I have been blessed with
great kids! (And no, Trinity, we shouldn’t have stopped with you!)
children has its ups and downs. It has its times of moving at light-speed, and
times when things are moving slower than molasses in the wintertime. It is really
not so different than the way we are called to live as God’s children.
Sometimes we are moving forward with reckless abandon and at times it seems
like all things have come to a stop.
reading-through-the-Bible program we have found ourselves in Psalm 119 (it’s a
long one, that’s for sure.) I was drawn to Psalm 119:166, and it’s seemingly
contradictory phrases. The psalmist wrote,
I wait for your salvation, LORD,
and I follow Your commands.
Waiting and following, or as I wrote in the title of this
piece, “waiting & walking.” Both are part of our life as a child of God.
Not unlike the raising of children, we wait nine long months, and then all of a
sudden they are here. We wonder if they will ever utter an intelligible word
and then they never stop talking. We are sure they will never walk on their own
and before you know it you’re chasing them through the supermarket. Life is
waiting and walking.
life is much the same, and it’s normal. Sometimes we are waiting and sometimes
we are walking, and I suppose sometimes we are doing both simultaneously. I
guess all I am trying to say is, it may be your time to wait. Then wait with
patient hope. It may be your time walk. Then walk in humble obedience. Wherever
you are and in whatever you are doing, waiting or walking, do all to the glory
of God. (1 Corinthians
10:31) Oh yeah, by the way, happy birthday, kid!
Labels: 1 Corinthians, Bible. Christ, Christianity, obedience, Psalms 119, Raising Children