This week my dad had a work trip from Sunday through Thursday in Oregon. He decided to take my mom and my Princess. She was quite excited to be going on a big road trip to Oregon and happily packed up her clothing, snacks, and toys. We were all set – everything was placed by the front door ready for her Papa to pack in to the sport utility vehicle. She stayed the night at their house so they could get up in the morning early and leave. The plan was to leave her in her pajamas and carry her out to the vehicle. A few hours of the driving could be done while she was still sleeping.
It seemed like a great plan. In fact, we use that plan when we drive with our kids too. But when they woke my Princess up at 5am she cried. Hard. For mommy. She just could not go for 4 days on a road trip to Oregon. So instead of driving her to Oregon, they drove her home.
I won’t lie. I was disappointed. I had some plans already made since I would only have a 3 month old at home with me. So when she woke up later that morning and was acting like her normal hyper self, I said, “Why didn’t you go with your Papa and Nana?“
I felt guilty after I said it. I didn’t say it in a nice voice. I didn’t want her to think I didn’t want her home. But we moved on. Through out the day, I felt bad for getting annoyed with her. I really did think she should have gone to Oregon. She would have had fun. Been spoiled by her grandparents. Been able to swim in a pool and much more.
That night after her bath, she came into the bedroom and said, “Why didn’t I go with my Papa?“
I sat down with her and said, ‘Because you are 4 and you were scared to be gone that long. You love mommy and daddy and even brother. You just didn’t want to miss us. And that’s ok.“
I proceeded to ap0logize for being upset with her that she didn’t go. I reassured her of my love and we had Bible story time and prayer. She gave me a big hug. She loves me so much. Some days I don’t even feel worthy of that kind of love.
We talk about how much we love our kids. And we do. More than life itself. But it is easy to forget how much they truly love us. God has placed these little ones in our life and we are responsible for their upbringing. I for one want to do a good job.
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6: 6-9
Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.