O, How They Grow

O, How They Grow

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1

“They grow up so fast.” At least that is what “they” say. Not sure exactly who “they” are, but “they” are right. It seems like only yesterday Bri and I were panicking over the thought that the hospital staff were actually going to let us leave the hospital with Michaela. Didn’t they know that we had no clue how to be parents? And now Michaela is about to start third grade and reading at a 6th grade level. I am convinced she will be reading better than me by the end of next school year. Bri is convinced that ship has already sailed.

This week it has become apparent that even our youngest, Braeleigh, is not immune to the “growing up to fast” phenomenon. All of the sudden, without warning, Braeleigh is out of diapers and off on shopping trips with grandma to pick out her first big girl underpants. I am ecstatic to be sure – diaper duty has long been the downside to the whole parenting gig – but as my last child is shedding her last vestiges of baby-dom, I cannot help but say, “They grow up so fast.”

I have tried to convince my children that growing up fast is not all it’s cracked up to be, that running headlong into adulthood is a mistake – that once they get there, they will realize it’s a trap, and by then, it will be too late. But my kids do what all kids do: they don’t listen, and I am pretty sure they couldn’t stop growing up even if they wanted to.
All I can do, all any of us can do, is take come comfort from the writer of Ecclesiastes and realize that everything has its time and season. For life to have meaning, for life to be life, it has to change; we have to change and grow and move forward.

We all grow and mature. We all change. The process of being alive is a process of constant change. Some changes are microscopic, like the growing of our hair, and others are monumental, like ditching diapers or finding your true love. As much as change is challenging and can give rise to anxiety within us, it is also an affirmation of life. The beautiful part is, if we are paying attention, we can be the catalyst of that change; we can make the change, the new life, happen, instead of it just always happening to us.
So look around, pay attention, be the change you want to see in the world (Gandhi), and experience every season of life to its fullest.

Turn, turn, turn,
Pastor Mike

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