“Look at these blooms!”
I have just returned from a trip with my mother to see my brother and sister-in-law in Eugene, Oregon. I fully expected to see our flower beds in that dried out, dead leaf state that results from a freeze.
But it is October 31 and we have not had a freeze yet!
These late bloomers are especially beautiful to me because they are unexpected.
These flowers are showing off their beauty “out of season” and therefore are that much more enjoyable. This caused me to think about the seasons or phases in our lives and the fact that this delay can create a special appreciation….if we recognize it.
As parents and grandparents we are often looking for developmental milestones in our children. These can be as varied as –
- hitting a baseball
- riding a bike
- writing one’s name
When there is a delay in reaching one of these “milestones”, it can cause anxiety. Yet, often children develop at various rates because not everyone is on the same developmental time-table. Each human is an individual. There are so many variables in life that affect development.
Each stage of a child’s life becomes more precious if we enjoy it for what it is. a “season” or “stage” of life. Some mother’s lament the passing of the baby stage while others look forward to meaningful conversations with their teenagers.
Wait….are those meaningful conversations possible?
A well-known passage of scripture in Ecclesiastes 3 addresses the various seasons and times in life. We often read this in regard to major life events. I think several of these verses apply aptly to raising children.
3 For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
God has a season and a time for everything. It may not be according to our timing, in fact many things probably WON’T be according to our timing.
Yet God in His infinite love and wisdom will carry out His plan in the lives of our children and grandchildren.
If they are precocious and do things “early”, enjoy that season.
If they progress at a “normal” pace (whatever that is), enjoy that as well.
If they are “late bloomers”, enjoy the surprise and joy of accomplishment with them. The wait can make it all the more sweet.
Above all else, remember – God is faithful.