“The days are long, but the years are short.”
— Gretchen Rubin
A friend at Bible study quoted this a few months ago as we were talking about motherhood. I’ve found myself thinking about this truth a lot lately, as my sweet girl is headed to kindergarten this week. I know I’m not the first mother to send a child to kindergarten, but boy it sure feels like it!
As I think over our almost five years together, the tears runneth over. I’ve tried recounting as many moments as I can, I don’t want to forget them! I’ve remembered her baby phase when I didn’t know if I’d ever sleep again, her toddler years when we’d watch Elmo every day and play on the floor, and her preschool days when we’d do arts and crafts and read books from the library. I miss it all already. After today things will never be the same.
I’ve asked myself over and over lately, Did I cherish our time enough? Did I do the best job I could have with her? I wish I could rewind the time, so much of it seems like a blur.
This weekend as I thought about how much I’m going to miss her, I remembered this verse:
“But forget all that —it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway in the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
— Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT
Change is not easy, but it is good for us. It allows God to grow and transform us into more of who He wants us to be. Even if our change feels like a wilderness or a dry wasteland (or an uncontrollable ocean of tears from the kindergarten blues), God can turn it into something beautiful. He works all things for good (Romans 8:28).
My friend and author, Sarah Francis Martin, recently wrote an awesome blog post about this same life change. You can read it here: http://liveitoutblog.com/2013/07/i-cant-handle-change/
I love how she says that change can give us renewed, fresh perspective. So far, here’s mine: While I’ll always cherish the early days and memories with my little girl, I know that God has great plans for her in this new phase of life. I know that He has plans for me too. I’m going to try and cherish today and the days to come —they are new memories waiting to happen.
What fresh perspective has God given to you during a life change? I’d love to hear about it.