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“I’m not ready for this.”
As a parent, I’ve said that phrase countless times. My inability to keep up with the rapidly forward- moving pace of life gives insight into my focus. Did you catch it? “I’M NOT READY.”
The trouble is, we rarely think we are ready for change. Where our children are concerned, they are almost 100% more ready than we think we are for whatever next step is next.
Last month, it was Kindergarten. Five days a week. That’s every day but Saturday and Sunday, by the way. That’s a lot of days for a mama and her green-eyed homebody girl. And it hasn’t been easy. But she’s blooming. And she gets in the car and tells how she made friends with a classmate who was “all alone” I’m smiling now and I remember that HIS hand is guiding her, not my ability to watch her every step.
And at Church she moved up from the Preschool department and I think I might just cry if she stops wanting to wear hair bows. But that first Sunday morning– she stood on the chair next to me and she read the Worship lyrics and she SANG. Of her own accord to my God who I hope she will choose to follow. And I never, just never knew that kind of joy of standing next to my barely grown 5 year old and realizing the capacity that growing creates. She was ready for this. And it readies her for what’s next.
And Oh, I hope I’m growing and growing some more with the same breathless joy. I hope that when God is leading me farther, higher, into more– that I get up and JUST GO. Laughing at the future, not looking back forlornly.
Let’s agree, you and me. No shrinking back, no refusal to be stretched, even when it feels strangely like growing pains. Even when we can NOT see where He will lead us next.
Unknown City. Unknown job. Unknown future. Unknown path. Unknown Whatever.
That restless feeling? It may just be the movement of God as He moves toward you to move you FORWARD.
Let’s just be ready to go. Higher. Deeper.
Because one thing we know, HE GOES BEFORE US.
And this– because well, All Sons and Daughters says it pretty well.
Linking up with the fantastic Flash Mob of Writers over at Kate’s for Five Minute Friday.