…and the beat goes on and on…

IMG_0012Good, bad, indifferent, planned, un-planned, desired, bad timing, however it happened to you, you will never forget the day you became a parent. What young people don’t realize is that to us, the parent, they never grow up. Let me qualify this by saying I am speaking for myself, so if you don’t feel the same, it’s OK. I used to wonder that my parents couldn’t just realize that I was an “adult” and let me just do things with out all the questions and concerns, and warnings about being careful. I was surprised when I told my mother I was pregnant with my first child that she was concerned for me, after all, I was HER baby. However she did encourage me when I had a panic attack one day at what the labor and delivery would be like. We were in the car at the corner of North Avenue and Peachtree stopped at a red light and as we watched, what seemed like, hundreds of people cross from one side to the next, she pointed at them and said, “Do you see all those people crossing the street? They all got here the same way your baby is going to get here, if their moms could do it, and I could birth you then you can have this baby so worry about something else!” We continued our drive and I didn’t mention that again, but by the way I said the same thing to my daughter when it was her turn to birth her first child!

I know that a young person goes through basic training and we cringe, because we already know the path they will have to follow, we know it is not easy and yes, we worry about their absolute safety both physically and emotionally. We are responsible for their genetic make-up, their very flesh and blood life; the blood that flows in their veins comes from our own.

There are 1,511 references in the Bible to the word Father. God is our Heavenly Father. He created man from the dust of the earth so imagine His pride when Adam took his first gulp of air and looked into his face, Abba Father. Then imagine the heartbreak of this Great Father when His children hid from Him when He came for His evening walk with them in the Garden. He gave them a perfect place to live in, they were perfectly formed, no sickness, no lack all they wanted and needed was right there in that lush and fragrant Garden of Eden. We give our children so much and sometimes they just don’t appreciate us, or what we do for them and we are upset but now imagine how God must feel every time He looks at the chaos on Planet Earth, His own creation! I like to imagine that the storms are born when he cries, the tornadoes when He raises His hand, in utter disgust or disappointment, and waves it around.

Matthew 7:12 “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.

As we worry about ours, God watches over us. Matthew 6:30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

My son’s birthday was two weeks ago and my daughter’s birthday is soon and she has two children of her own, and the beat goes on. She is still my baby and her babies feel like my own. The way I love them and care for them, He cares for me; I am still His little one, the lamb that He will pick up and place across His shoulders when I need correction. He will take care of everything I will freely place in His great hands, and, one day, take to live with Him in my heavenly home.

Our Father, which is in Heaven, holy be your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil, for Yours in the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen!

Talk to our Father to get better acquainted with Him and know that He loves us so!

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