In just two days from today, our youngest daughter turns 26, on the 26th of April!
Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!
(Kathryn Nelle “Katie”, pictured far right during her semester in London, with sisters Jennifer Marie and Caroline Virginia in Brussels, Belgium.)
Bless her heart, when Katie was only 9 years old, she surprised me with the following observation:
As I drove her home from school, she squirmed in the backseat, taking off her backpack and stretching out her– already–long legs. She told me about her day, as I asked the same questions I always did:
“Who’d you play with today? How was lunch? What’s for homework?” etc. She gave me the same answers as usual: “Ashley.” “Good.” “Math.”
Then she got rather quiet and said, “Mom, you know how we can tell God’s still alive?”
I looked at her through the rear-view mirror and braced myself for something a third-grader might say. She was looking out the window when she suddenly burst out with this:
“The leaves still blowing means He’s still breathing.
The clouds moving means He’s still seeing.
And babies being born means God’s still in control.”
Amazed, I asked her to repeat it all so I could jot it down quickly on a notepad I kept in the car. (I just relocated that note today as I cleaned my office. So glad I save stuff!) After her sweet revelation, I must’ve called all of my friends after calling her dad at work, just to tell them what she’d said.
Out of the mouths of babes, right?
Today, we see our kids all grown up, leading productive, busy lives. Their schedules remind me of when I was their age (See photo: 1984, with Jim and Jennifer–aged 2–I was 25). In the midst of our hectic schedules, all the demands on our time, all the “To-Do’s”, let’s take time to ponder like a child: all that God has done, all He is doing, and all He will accomplish in our lifetime and beyond.
Lord, give me the faith and insight of a child. Amen.