Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Where Are You Going So Fast?? - Day 4

I rushed past a friend of mine and her son walking down the school sidewalk.  I had Ginger by the hand, pulling.  We were hurrying while they were meandering.  Her son was showing her things he discovered along the way while she followed his lead and walked at his pace.

As we passed, us Moms exchanged pleasantries while my mind wondered in the background how nice it must feel to have time to go slow like that.  We got to the car, I plopped Ginger in her carseat, buckled, buckled, turned the car on....and met my friend's eyes in the distance again.  She waved and I slowly realized that the only deadline I had to meet was one of my own making....I was rushing just to catch myself.....and rushing my sweet little girl along with me.

I felt like I saw that whole day through new eyes.  I felt the pull of my hand as I made Ginger's stride try to match my own.  I heard my voice repeating, "hurry up!" "let's go lightning speed!" "We've gotta go NOW!" and too many other exclamation points.  I realized how little I was actually looking at her instead of dragging her behind me while I collected check marks on my "to-do" list.  Watching my friend live in her child's world for the few minutes longer it took to walk the sidewalk at his pace instead of hers and was profound.  I was jealous of her heart's ability to let her child's pace rule her world.  I was jealous of the grace and peace and wonder that she seemed to have found on that sidewalk.

Slow down sweet Mommas.  You aren't supposed to be rushing through life with preschoolers.  Their short little legs are meant to be a clue to us that life needs to be lived slower with our young ones.  This lifestyle won't come naturally to most of us....it will need to be fought for and wrested from the clutches of a culture that wants you to do everything but experience nothing.  Follow my friend's lead....to follow your child's lead and slow the pace.  It will be magical for them and a balm for you.

When you follow her lead you'll actually be following the Good Shepherd's lead. That's how he cares for you, my friends.....

Isaiah 40:11
"....He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs in His arms;
He will carry them in His bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young."






7 comments:

  1. It sounds like a trite old lady expression....but as I'm sitting here next to my almost 20 year "baby" I can't resist telling you that It. Goes. So. FAST!!! Thanks so much for reading Jennifer!!

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  2. Thank you! I needed this today. Love you, friend.

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  3. Have you read Hands Free Mama? It rocked my face off and is in this same vein.

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    1. I have not read it Holly....but it's on my reading list now! I love adding books to my list that come with a recommendation like that...."it rocked my face off!" AWESOME!!!

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    2. You're quite welcome. She has a Facebook page and her nuggets are gold. The Holy Spirit pokes at my heart a lot through her words...

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