I was sitting in my room just finishing up some things on the computer, when I heard him bounding up the stairs.
Our 9 year old boy had been out picking up his gear for practices to start that week. He had been talking about this and looking forward to it for months. His first year to play tackle football.
As he came striding through the bedroom door, I looked up from what I was doing and all of the sudden it wasn’t a normal moment anymore.
You know these times? You’re with them so much you don’t really see it and then something comes along that changes them almost instantly in your eyes. I know we’ve all heard things like this before but….is this really the boy that had just left the house a couple of hours before? He truly looked so different standing there now in his helmet and shoulder pads. His face said it all; pride, confidence, excitement, change, growing up. And he came right up to share it with me.
Most times these moments just pass me by. So many things are going on every day in this house, each child growing up and changing, and us just trying to keep up with them. 🙂
But every once in awhile time just seems to stop for a bit. Just long enough for me to realize how quickly it’s passing, and how important each moment really is. And even though these moments for you may look different than mine, I believe we all have them.
I think maybe the Lord allows us these pauses, these glimpses, so that we can grow more aware of the time He has given us. More in tuned to what He is calling us to do with it. More confident to step out in it.
I remember hearing this verse for the first time on a college ministry trip. Our pastor was sharing it with us in preparation for our time there, as it wouldn’t be long and we were praying to accomplish much.
NIV Psalm 90:12 – Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
And in the NLT version- Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
I’ve thought about this verse many times over the years, and each time a moment like this one comes along, the truth seems to reach a little deeper.
So as I go and watch my son practice and play in his first season of tackle football (which is really hard to do I’ve learned while chasing after a 3 and 6 year old!), I’m going to try my best to remember that boy running up to my room, to soak in this time, thank God for these moments, and ask Him to prepare me for the days ahead.
Father, help me to number my days aright so that I may gain a heart of wisdom.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.