The Emptying of the Nest

"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven."  Ecclesiastes 3:1

As I write these words, it is a busy time in my house.  There is packing going on, doctor appointments, dentist appointments, wisdom teeth being removed, lists made, cleaning out things untouched for eons, parties, last bits of advice and tutelage to impart, laundry tips, cleaning lessons, cooking practice, roommates to meet, cars to inspect and tune-up, tuition bills to pay, shopping to do, and on and on the busyness goes.

While the busy can seem overwhelming at times, there is a deep joy in having my children home for this brief season of life.  Knowing that the season will soon change, and the children will be gone, gives me pause.  It distracts me briefly.  I want to hold on to this time.  I don't want the nest to be empty.  But, I will resist the temptation to lament, knowing that God prepares us--all of us--for each new season of life.

This season, like every other season, is a time to trust God.  

As for the children, if they will soften their hearts and allow Him, God will prepare them for each glorious new encounter, each lesson, and every precipice they must climb in their new adult journey.  His love for them is unimaginable, and they need only reach for Him, call to Him, and He will be there without a moment's passing--greater and even gentler than a mother's love.

I must heed my own words in this new season of life, as I know that God is not yet finished with me.  It is an uncomfortable place, this season.  It is new and unfamiliar territory.  Yet, I know this same great and gentle love God has for my children, He has for me, too.  When I feel afraid in my new place, I will reach for Him, call to Him.  And, He will be there without a moment's passing, deeper and stronger than a mother's love.
"He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young." Isaiah 40:11

Have you entered a new season of life?  If you will trust Him and obey Him, He will gently lead you, too.

Goodnight, All.


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