I am entering the last few weeks of being the mom of a high school student. After May, I will have closed the chapter on sports, meetings, ceremonies, and papers to sign for consent. My sons will be out in the world, growing their roots and spreading their wings. I am more excited than I am saddened. I have been pouring into their lives for over eighteen years- love, wisdom, correction, laughter, and prayers. It is now when I get to see if those parts of my heart will grow fruit.
Many times my sons are asked what is next for them. It may be college, work, travel, all of the above. I am looking forward to each new event in their lives, each new peak and valley. I do not expect them to reach success without also taking a few steps back, that is what life is about.
As the days pass, I also find myself looking around me at what will remain. My husband and I will celebrate our twenty-first anniversary this year, no children. Just us. No bedtimes to mind, no arrangements for childcare. Just us. It hasn’t been just us since our first anniversary. My husband still takes my breath away, still makes me feel special, still makes me laugh. We are entering into a new, sweet season of learning how to count to two instead of four. I could never imagine all that these new days would hold. I am anticipating new adventures, new laugh lines, new inside jokes.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 explains it so clearly, There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. . .
There are times to hold babies close, nurture and care for them and there are times to let them go and watch them grow.
There are times to walk with your spouse as a parent and there are times to walk with them as a spouse only.
There are times to plan and times to let the plans unfold.
And as the verses continue in Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 say,
I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.
What is and what will be have already been seen by our Eternal God and Father in Heaven. To His hands, I entrust all that I love and all that I may concern my heart with in my life. May it be so with you too, O Best Beloved.