A few nights ago, while my husband was away, my kids convinced me to eat dinner on the trampoline. It’s not my favorite thing to do, and it takes a bit of effort to get the food and drinks in place. I admit I was pleasantly surprised by the change of dinner scenery. We laughed and ate with a little bounce in our conversation. And then, the most joyful thing happened: a tiny red-winged friend came for our viewing pleasure to dine on our very own bird feeder! If this seems like an overreaction, you may want to read the previous blog entry. As we sat quietly watching our visitor, my gaze shifted to the sweet birdies before me; my children. Their smiles and wonder brought me more joy than any actual bird ever could.
Our current culture shifted over the past several decades. Priorities changed, and unfortunately, the interaction with our children falls further down on the list. There are crazy expectations for moms to do it all. It used to be enough for a mom to stay home with children. The new normal is for you to also have a job, get groceries, clean the house, help with homework, do the yard work, plan a girls’ night, volunteer, have a following on social media, and ...insert the rest of your list here. I’m not saying that good mothers have to stay home. I know plenty of working moms who rock. It’s about how we order our lives.
Jesus showed us how he felt about children many times. He is often portrayed in pictures surrounded by kids. His disciples, on a few occasions, tried to prevent kids from wasting Jesus’ time. They had more important things to do (ugh, that hits home). Yet, Jesus reminded them of who and what is important to God.
Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ - -Matthew 19:14
God sent me a little birdie that night to remind me of the two little humans before me. I recognize the energy I spend on everything else at the expense of being with my kids. And sadly, I miss out on really getting to know them, hearing them, and understanding how incredibly unique and beautiful they are.
August 4, 2020