I walked through the rest of that day with new eyes thanks to my friend. 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 give up the few extra minutes it took to walk the sidewalk at her child's pace instead of hers and was profound. I was jealous of her heart's ability to let his pace rule her world. I was jealous of the grace and peace and wonder that she seemed to have found on the 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 your child's lead you'll actually be following the Good Shepherd's lead. This how he cares for you, my friends,
"....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."