The Plan

Parents: You can lead your child to the best possible choices and even reveal the consequences of their poor choices but none of us can predict the future and our children are quick to remind us of that.

Worn out from a late night with his homies and feeling guilty he blows his mother’s phone up with one apologetic text after another.
“You don’t know the meaning of feeling bad until you sit in the middle of my heart.” As a mother I can attest to a mother’s love which is unending it has no boundaries; overflowing with forgiveness and temperance. Mothers know your wait is not in vain, your child will come back to that first love they experienced with you when they were a trusting toddler.

Offering to pick her son up from where ever it is he landed himself the night before he declines. It seems the driver last night was pulled over for not having any break lights. He has volunteered himself to replace the bulbs. If I had a dime for every time I cautioned one of my children for jumping feet first into a situation I would be a wealthy woman. Years ago I took driver’s education and one of the first things taught is to know your vehicle is in sound working order. Every now and then do a walk around, check the lugs on your tires, have someone stand behind the vehicle while you tap the breaks and use the turn signal to make sure you have lights. No break lights?!

It is a sign, a forewarning that once again he is moving through his life on the feel good method without breaks, without caution and without following through on his promise to do things different this time.

Parents: It is difficult for our kids to see us as young once even pouring through a photo album does not give the full picture of those days when we once desired the very same things in our youth as our kids do in theirs. To know what it is like to feel alive, to celebrate; to really feel that high but also know without keeping that desire in check it could ruin one’s life and those who depend on one’s stability. According to scripture there is a season for all things and a time for all things. And so once again, it is on deaf ears this mother’s pleas fall.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1

We do not have to experience it ALL now, some things are best experienced in its time. Like biting into our favorite fruit at just the right time or peeling back the skin of a ripened orange and its sweet citrus spray misting our hands and face just before we pop a piece in our mouth. What a well anticipated pleasure.

Parents: Though our children are not a piece of fruit obviously with so much more substance than something so easily consumed as a piece of fruit they too mature, in time. I look forward to the fruit my children bear. To the morsels of goodness their maturing brings. Take it from a parent who knows, children mature at different rates, some at the beginning of the season, others in the middle and then there are the late bloomers who we harvest in at the end of the season.

Be patient, nurture, prune and nurture and prune again. They will shape up and come into their own.

7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:7-8

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