Planting the Seeds
Lately, I have recognized my I need to slow down. I am often racing my children to school, sports lessons, church, play dates, planning committees, grocery shopping, birthday parties, doctors appointments, and everything else we have on the calendar.
In addition to the physical rushing, I sometimes find myself mentally hurrying my children to the next stage of their lives as well. I must admit I often think that “if we could get through ______ (a particular behavioral stage, or a developmental accomplishment, or a more independent place), then things would be so much easier.” For example, if my almost two-year-old could communicate better, he would have less meltdowns, or if my almost four-year-old could just understand and implement the concepts of listening and sharing with his little brother, life would be a breeze in our household. However, I am (slowly) learning that it is a journey to get there, and there is beauty in the process.
Our Heavenly Father tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build.”
During challenging stages, while I am tempted to hurry to get to the next phase, reading this verse in Ecclesiastes reminds me personally that this season is “a time to plant.” We are planting seeds in our children now, and we may not see the fruits of those seeds for a while. The process may be longer than we'd like, and it may require more patience than we think we can muster up. However, in this season, God has things He wants to teach us. He has things He wants us to share with others. And later, when we see the harvest that comes from the seeds we are planting now, the fruit will be all the sweeter.