I was going through some things to see what I could throw away, when I found a notebook and saw where I had written some notes about the deafening silence the absence of an 8-year-old boy in the house could bring. I was in a particularly sad mood when I wrote it, as it was my son’s first trip away from me, and his dad had taken him to Colorado to a ski resort. He had never spent the night away and as much as I had complained about the crazy music of the Nintendo, having to lower the toilet seat, getting up at night for “one more drink of water and good night kiss”, when he was gone it was too much. Having a child is like having your heart walking around on the outside of your body where you can’t protect it the way you would like. We kind of roll along, life happens, we are in school wanting to be out, we are single wanting to be married, we are married wanting to be single again, we want babies, want them to get old enough to feed themselves, old enough to go to school, you go to all the ball games, take pictures of Prom dates, want them to be old enough to be trusted behind the wheel of the car alone. What is the latest fad in Christmas toys, is it Transformers? Batman or Superman suits? Best friends, heart breaks, car wrecks, and then, suddenly, one is married with two children of her own; the other is a man, “full growed”, married almost five years, with his own Chiropractic Clinic, a Doctor! Wow, what a ride!
I used to tell my children that life is like the Ferris wheel at the Fair. There are people getting on and off every time it makes a circle. While it is stopped letting some people off and others on, there are people who are way up at the top just swinging and looking around except at that one point of entry/exit. While there are babies being born there are people dying, like the morning of the day my dad died, one of the grandson’s had a baby daughter. People that are young just waiting for their chance to conquer life, middle-aged people who are working and raising children, and then the group that have retired and don’t find much to do that will make their day interesting just waiting to get off the ride. We all get on and then comes the time to exit.
Find someone who needs a little encouragement and find a way to brighten their day. Remember that one day, if Jesus tarries we are all going to be in that same place, how do you want to be treated?
Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Luke 6:31