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I could NOT be a mother eagle. Can you believe they actually tear apart their nest to encourage their young to fly away!?! How barbaric is that? lol
I can’t help reflecting: the dazzling, dynamic season of giving my children roots is flitting, fluttering, flying away. I know some moms can’t wait for their children to go back to school or can’t wait to be “just a couple” again again. I, on the other hand, couldn’t even finish the book, “Feathers From My Nest”, by Beth Moore, because I didn’t want to face the future reality of an empty nest- ie my translation: not being needed in my children’s lives.
Since we’ve moved to Kansas, every year we’ve had a graduation from high school, entering college, and/or a wedding. My eaglets are leaving & cleaving, flying and soaring left and right!
It doesn’t seem to affect Jeff in the same way- he’s actually excited for them while my happiness for is overshadowed by a bit of nostalgic sadness. I love being a mom & need to remind myself that being a mom is not the whole of my identity! I relish having a full & thriving nest! I love the “giving roots” part of raising children: family devotions, vacations, traditions, celebrations, bedtime stories, first milestones, celebrations, sporting events, birthdays and so on. It’s the “wings” part I have a little trouble with. 🙂 I’m not even sure what I’m supposed to do if I’m not needed in that capacity anymore. 🙁 )
Perhaps that’s one of the greatest challenges for me as a stay at home mother:
To believe God always has bigger plans for me than I see or comprehend ….
in every season,
at every stage!
I was a little sad and teary when I started writing this, but God spoke something precious into my heart.
Maybe I don’t like wings because I feel like I had to “let go” our Kristin, when she lost her battle to cancer and went to live with Jesus when she was just two-
or maybe as I see everyone excited about their future, I feel left behind.
Then He showed me wings are not just for our children!
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:11
I’m thinking its time for me to leave the nest and start soaring the skies with them! 😉
What about you? Are you ready to meet me in the sky? 🙂