18 Sep Move at Their Pace
Joshua, our fourth and final baby circa 2008
Being a mom of multiple ages can be challenging. We slow down to enjoy our infants. Then, we increase our speed to toddlers and young children. As we add to our families, our pace adjusts to meet the needs of the season. Often it’s overwhelming to “speed up” for elementary and middle school only to “slow down” for the next baby in our family. That was my story in 2002 when we were blessed with a new baby boy. We had two big girls ages 10 and 12 as well as a toddler who was 3 1/2. With the birth of our fourth child, the speed of our days came to an immediate C.R.A.W.L. We were enjoying co-ops, field trips, and play days when God allowed us to be still. I say “allowed” because it was such a privilege to savor the infant days.
God showed me the story in Genesis when Esau and Jacob come together to reconcile. Genesis 33:5b When Esau meets Jacob, he asks him about all the women and children in the group. Jacob replied, “(These) are the children God has graciously given your servant.” As the story continues, Esau and his 400 men offer to travel with Jacob. Can you imagine your family traveling with Esau and 400 men!!??!! Jacob graciously replies, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the droves before me and that of the children until I come to my lord in Seir.” (Genesis 33:13-14) Not only did Jacob understand the pace of the children, he respected the needs of the nursing animals to move slowly and care for their young.
If you find yourself moving at a pace that seems unusually slow, rest in the beauty that God has placed you there for a season. You’ll be running again…I promise.
My classroom circa 2008