When I had placed my order, I took out my cell phone.
Today I treated myself to breakfast at Mugg and Bean after dropping my granddaughter at Brownies. Drinking my cappuccino, I decided to send a whats app to my youngest son. He left for Russia a week and a half ago.
It’s a great opportunity for him and I know that God has a wonderful plan for his life. When we Skyped last week he was happy, in a great apartment and very excited about the future.
Nevertheless, I found myself crying in my cappuccino as I sent the message. Two weeks ago, I would have invited him to join me. We often have breakfast together. It’s one of the things I shall miss.
Then I got to thinking. How many other every day happenings will I miss? Ten pin bowling on a Tuesday? Having supper together? The help of a strong man when unpacking groceries or moving furniture? Somebody to fix recalcitrant electronic devices by being “Young at them?”
It made me realise again that I should enjoy life to the full everyday. Today’s everyday occurrences might become tomorrow’s poignant memories. Like taking my granddaughter to Brownies, helping my daughter with the three kids at the school Spring Festival, cooking soup for my wonderful husband.
I know I’m suffering from empty nest syndrome and it happens to all mothers everywhere and there will be times when I cry into my cappuccino. But meanwhile, let me enjoy the little things of life that make life good. Jesus said, “I have come to give you life and life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10) Let me not allow my life and the fullness of it to pass me by while I am too busy to notice the little things that might make me cry into my cappuccino in five year’s time.
This week I have been reading in Ephesians. What struck me in Ephesians 4:12 was that God wanted me to attain to mature womanhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that I may no longer be a child, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, I am to grow up in every way…..
What does that mean? What am I to do? I can’t do vague. So I decided to make a comparison like we were taught to do at school.
- Child: Spends all her pocket money on sweets and toys on the first day.
- Adult: Budgets money to pay for commitments and makes sure there is enough to last the month.
- Child: Gets distracted from tasks easily .
- Adult: Finishes tasks
- Child: Gets upset easily about small hurts and disappointments. Throws a tantrum if she doesn’t get her way.
- Adult: Moves beyond temporary feelings and impulses.
- Child: Assumes adults know everything and believes what she is told.
- Adult: Makes own decisions based on reason and research rather that the popular opinion of others.
- Child: Govered by the feeling of the moment.
- Adult: governed by values and understanding of the right thing to do.
I could probably add a lot to this list but just these five points make me realize yes, I haven’t grown up properly. I still do what I feel like and regard my hard earned money as mine to spend as I wish. I tried to remember how I justified my purchase of a tablet just because everybody else had one. Now its main purpose is as an alarm to wake me in the mornings.
So, I have a long way to go. Only with God’s help can I outgrow my childish tendencies and grow into the maturity he desires.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. – Psalm 143:8 NIV
I have decided to discontinue Coffee with Wings and replace it with Letters from the Embassy. I want to continue the metaphor that I explored in The Embassy on Thursday. I thought that the main function of an embassy is to help people from the home kingdom when they need help. However, today I was forced to broaden my horizons when I got today’s communique from the king. It is from the big Book of Policies that dictates the policies of the kingdom which ambassadors have to follow.
It is from Matthew 10:25 and is the well known parable of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan was of a different ethnicity and culture to the man who was attacked by robbers. Nevertheless he:-
- Stopped. So often in my busy life I have made my plans and budgeted time for various things. I tend to feel resentful when other people hijack my time. That is not the attitude of an ambassador.
- Engaged with the wounded man. He bent down, bandaged him and did what first aid he could.
- Used his own transport to take the man to a place where he could recover.
- Used his own money to pay for the accommodation and treatment of the injured man.
Then the king says “Go and do likewise.” This is very challenging and I am not sure that I can. If I can just be mindful of my brief that is a start. I probably need a lot more guidance and experience before I can do even a fraction of it.
Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
Proverbs 21:21 NIV
This is part of One Liner Wednesday by Linda G Hill.
This is part of the Coffee with Wings Challenge.
Every Monday think of a bible verse or inspirational quote that has been meaningful to you in the last week or which you’d like to take into the new week with you.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (Romans 5:1 NIV)