The past three weeks felt like a time warp of sorts as I attended a few graduation parties and ceremonies. I know the parents of the graduates wonder where the time has gone.
I also saw the wedding of my nephew a couple of weeks ago. Of course, I have known him since the day he was born. I remember him screaming his head off as a baby. A few years later he was riding in my car as we ran some errands together. I told him a joke that he made even more funny.
I said, “Hey Jacob, do you know where ties come from?” “No uncle Kenny.” “They come from Thailand!”, I commented thinking I was pretty funny.
Laughter. A few quiet moments…”Hey uncle Kenny, do you know where trees come from?” “No Jacob, where do trees come from?” He shouted, “Treeland!”
Is it really possible that twenty years went by and my nephew is now married? Or 10 years flew by that fast and my friends children are graduating from high school?
I notice this, look at my 2 1/2-year-old son, and realize it has already been two years since CPS placed him in our home as a foster son. I know the next 10-20 years will get caught in that same time warp. I will wake up one morning and it will be his graduation day. Another day I will wake up and it will be his wedding day. God willing.
It is not that I want time to stand still.
What I really want is for the time to count. When the day comes that my son is graduating or getting married, I want to look back and remember time after time when we thrived not just survived.
I have to admit there are more than a few days where I feel like we only survive the day. Days that seem to last forever. Please Lord, replace the days of mere survival with days of thriving.
What an opportunity You have given us as parents to invest in our children for such a short window of time. Grant us wisdom and favor.
If you have children that are now in college or married, what advice do you have for me?