This past weekend my husband and I helped our son, Colton packed up his bed, computer, and his few remaining boxes to move them across town to the house he will be calling his home during his college years. Now I know this move may seem pretty insignificant to many people but for me it’s a pretty big deal. Colton’s move 20 minutes down the road means a major change in my life. For the past 23 years, my home has housed 3-4 residents and most of my daytime activities have included me and one or both of my children. But this weekend, within a 20 minute time period the life I’ve known for more than 2 decades completely changed. Now I’ve entered the empty nest phase of life. Just in the matter of 5 days, the changes are felt. No longer does my nighttime routine include walking down the hall, saying goodnight to my child and giving the reminder to say bedtime prayers. My quiet time in the morning has now filled my entire daytime. I only have to think about myself for lunch and most of the meal planning for supper is just for 2. My kids now visit the family home rather than live at home.
This milestone is a bittersweet event. As a parent, your goal and objective is to raise your children to be independent, functioning, responsible adults. You rejoice at this accomplishment. You are happy and excited for this opportunity that lies before them, but then there is a sadness that comes. You understand that with your child starting this new amazing life means a change to the life and family you’ve built. Even though you are beaming with pride to watch your child experience all these new adventures, you’re sad that he will do it on his own. You’re role has changed and the time has come to let him go. You stand back and watch him take flight. You smile while tears stream down your cheeks, hold your breath and pray that a gentle wind lifts him up and makes his flight smooth and easy. You’ve given him roots and wings and now it’s time to let him fly.
As a mom, I’m very thankful my children stand firm on the strong roots of love and family, but I’m most thankful they rooted themselves in Christ Jesus and find their strength in the Lord.
“Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7 NLT
“But those who wait on the Lord, Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NKJV
Until next time,
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