Asking the Lord to keep the eyes of my heart open to the extraordinary lessons of every day life.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
On Paying Attention
Blogging is a discipline God has used to teach me to keep my eyes and ears open for the deep lessons of life amidst seemingly insignificant daily affairs. I am not a philosopher. I don't have many fresh insights into the world. I am just a Mama on a journey, trying to live intentionally as a seeker. To that end, I loved this quote I ran across today:
Extraordinary moments can happen in the middle of ordinary days. I was
on a mother-daughter dinner date with Calli, who was nine at the
time. Through a mouthful of macaroni and cheese, Calli giggled as she
recounted a game of freeze tag she played during recess that day. Then
it hit me… I will spend eternity knowing Calli as an adult. But
tonight, right here, right now, and for the next few precious years, I
have the rare privilege of knowing her as a child. What a gift to
experience the children in our lives as children! For a brief moment
during the journey of mortality, we get to watch them laugh, learn,
experience, grow. Yes, in the middle of an ordinary day, it was an
extraordinary moment.” ~Hilary Weeks
The adjustment to Summer schedules (or non-schedules) is taxing. There
are mornings when my trio's enthusiastic 6am wake ups make me groan and wish they had a bit less of a thirst for taking the day on with such
fervor. I am trying to live in the knowledge that this is
just a season.
For all of its challenges, Summer gives us many opportunities to just enjoy knowing our children as they are right now. K and her gleeful recent captures of a salamander, a huge beetle and a tree frog. R's serious commitment to Lego projects and his recent fascination with camouflage attire. P and his suddenly blossoming confidence and comraderie. All three snaggle-toothed, avid readers who still sleep with lovies.
I can get so caught up in the 'end product,' what type of adult God desires for them to be, that I miss the gift they are in their current state--wild, carefree, curious, enthusiastic, boisterous, imaginative, innocent, faithful children.
Wisdom requires that we look forward and exercise good stewardship when it comes to shaping the lives we have been entrusted with. Thanksgiving urges us to not forget to pause and ponder the wonder of today.
"This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24