“Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.”
When my youngest son started Kindergarten his wise teacher shared a beautiful and simple handout comparing children’s growth development to a carefully tended flower. The underlying message was that each flower unfolds in its own time. Though my son started middle school this fall and that message has stuck with me over the years.
In our fast paced culture it is easy to skew our caregiver lenses. I have been guilty of looking at other families sharing their list of activities and have felt the creep of inadequacy. Like somehow, if I do more, my child will turn out better. And if I don’t I have failed in some way.
Perhaps we try to escape God through the busy-ness of daily activities and ever lengthening to-do lists. Somehow trying to earn our way to grace, to earn our way to perfect parenthood and care-giving, and maybe, at the same time, avoid pressing issues of the soul. But, God is with us wherever we go, so what’s the hurry anyway?
God who unfurls each flower at its own pace, we place our lives in Your presence. Help us to slow down and see more clearly each person in our path today. Help us to be patient enough to wait for the fragrance of blooming flowers . . .and people. AMEN
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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.