I am extremely fortunate. I have several “kids” that continue to blossom and grow up and beyond someone who has been lucky enough to have a make a small contribution or two along the way. Two I have watched, nurtured, and dialogued with since birth. As they approach and go through new gateways in life, I find myself excited, fearful, and most of all feeling humbled and gray. My fortune extends beyond the girls to a select number of adults that have given me permission to be part of their lives. On every occasion we meet, I find myself bubbling over with pride. These are great men and women. They are God’s kids, out there doing the stuff. I have had the opportunity to be part of the ride and it feels great!
I remember the first days with kids as being exciting, wonderful, and filled with awe and beauty. Everything was possible! Anything could, and I was sure would, happen! Yet for the first few days, weeks, nothing did. They needed help, attention, and more help. I do not remember ever feeling resentful. The gift of relationship is a special reward in and of itself that is priceless. As the potential emerges, I find myself excited for them. It is happening, the vision is unfolding! They are stepping out in ways they may not have imagined but truly want for themselves. Even when I have my doubts, the process is a wonderful thing to witness.
I have come to appreciate the process and the result. God created a potential within that often remains untapped. When God teams up with our endorsement, wonderful things emerge. I find myself cheering, even in moment of pain and despair. I find myself hopeful, even when life is at its worst. I find myself willing to give, even when there is little left in reserve. I can hear myself cheering God’s exclamation; “Just watch my servant blossom! Exalted, tall, head and shoulders above the crowd!” (Isaiah 52.13) And in that moment I remember, I am one of God’s kids to.
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