I sit in awe and consider the lives that have experienced the shade of an oak. It’s strong and mighty limbs, the rustle of the leaves….and if you live in the beauty of a dense and humid air, the wafting of the spanish moss brings thoughts of nostalgia….of time gone by.
That tree you may be looking at, remembering, pondering….it took time to grow. The warmth of the sun, the seed, the rain….all nurturing and growing the beauty that is now majestic and billowing…..
As I ponder the time of the giant….the creates a beauty and hides the past ….. I consider my sweet ones…..as I sit near smaller trees, toppled over by recent weather….and watch my children swim.
No book, no phone, no distraction…. sitting next to a young woman, we are conversing, but our eyes are glued on the young ones…one recently discovering his ability to swim the length of the pool, pushing his body, desiring to keep up with his older brother and sister.
Their sweet swim turns to a natural order for all…the need to compete…to prove, to push and grow…
As their bodies race down the pool the young one turns, his mind has not yet been trained to keep his eyes forward, to focus on the goal, not be concerned with the progress of another…..and he turns.
His sibling is swimming, her head under water….she is pursuing her opponent, giving him a head start – desiring to encourage, but the need to win is overwhelming…she sees him turn into her lane…..
Her mind is not aware of the truth, she did not witness or see his heart….immediately, she considers his action to be that of trying to prevent her from winning……and the accusation is made and both hearts are hurt…..the truth is not visible to them.
They are in the moment.
Time is precious
Had I been sitting, reading, had my back turned, my eyes glued to my phone…or any other form of distraction, I would have missed this time….this opportunity to help both hearts see the truth
Truth is More Precious Than Time
Before the children could truly get into ‘what happened’, I asked both of them to come over. I did not give them a chance to share their thoughts…they had already made their thoughts known. I did ask them….if they loved one another..and of course their answers were YES.
Then, I shared with them….what had happened….and how easy it is to turn our eyes and thus turn our body. I shared how the little one looked back to see where his big sister was…..the joy in his eyes…and how at the moment he turned his eyes, his body turned…thus causing him to move into his sister’s lane…..and how at that moment, she looked up and thought she saw the truth…..
In that moment, I shared the beauty of Christ
I explained how the eye can lead the body down a path, with even a small sideways glance….that even when driving, I must keep my eyes ahead and when I look to my left and right to change lanes, I must maintain the direction of my body so I do not hit a car that may be next to me….
Truth Can Be Known
Truth can only be known when we are fully engaged, when we know our children, when we can look at them and see the beauty in their hearts, the love they desire and the diversions that take them from their paths.
We Must Rid Ourselves of Diversions
Sweet Mom, I need breaks and you need breaks, but our children need us. They need us to be up and awake for them….we should not be waking up to them. We need to have their hearts in mind at all times. No, we do not need to be on top of them 24/7, but we need to be talking with them, playing with them, guiding them, reading to them. They need more of us….less of their television, games, iPhones, iPads, friends…
If You are Not Giving Them Time and Truth
You are missing beautiful moments to help guide those young hearts. And…if you are not giving them your time, if you’re sitting with your head buried in your phone, computer or with other distractions, you are abdicating your God-given responsibility to put them first….and the enemy knows this. He will give that opportunity you are missing to someone else…and the seeds of truth you may be planting in 2 or 3 minutes…can be easily undone by the overwhelming time your children are spending with someone or something else….. don’t miss these moments, they are fleeting….
Read The Truth
There is one truth….it is God’s Word. It is beautiful and life-changing. We read it daily and my heart melts when my children beg for me to keep reading. In our Chronological Bible, we are now reading about David and Goliath. It’s an amazing story…of a little boy, who through God’s grace and power…..well, you know…..
Have you shared the truth with your children this week?
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