Monday, May 9, 2011

The Main Road

You shouldn't have to set your alarm clock on a Saturday. Perhaps we need an agreement that all weekend activities will take place after we've woken up naturally and had a cup of coffee. Alas, no. The alarm sounded at 6:30am.

Today is the day my son Jordan takes his SAT. Weeks of me bugging him to take practice exams and his complete indifference to the magnitude of the event has culminated into this very day. I had butterflies in my tummy and I wasn't even taking the test.

The testing center was hosted in a high school on the other side of the lake near our house. Several unmarked roads twisted and turned their way around the lake to the main highway leading to the school. Since Jordan had never driven those roads before, Greg and I decided to lead him through the maze and get him to the main road. From there he could find the school on his own.

When the main road was in sight, we pulled off to the side and waved Jordan on. As he passed he gave us a quick wave and headed on his way. My heart was in my throat as I watched him drive away.

This began the last chapter of his high school story. Soon he'll be a Senior. Time spent with him will be filled with college applications and prayers for scholarships. We'll see him less and less as his school and social schedule fill up. Family hang out time will happen less often and become more precious. He'll be getting closer and closer to a new chapter in life. Just as it should be.

As parents, our job is to lead our kids to the main road. We equip them with what they will need for the journey and then allow them to take it. I sometimes forget that no matter how much I love my kids, God loves them even more.

There's no doubt that the roads of life are bumpy. There will be potholes and detours. But there's also a plotted course. God's not 'winging it' with our kids! He knows what the road ahead will look like for them...He's walked on it.

Watching our kids grow and develop can be so bittersweet. We love the talents and skills they acquire but miss their dependence on us. We begin to feel unneeded. But that's not true! They may not need us to make decisions for them, but they do need us to believe in them. That gives them the confidence to make the journey down the main road...

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up.” Isaiah 49:11

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