I was sitting at a school waiting to pick a child up after her day of classes. While doing this I was watching people. This is one of my hobbies. There were kids and parents going here and there, most in too big of a hurry. A woman and her child caught my eye. She reached down in a motion that the child mistaken, as did I, for a hug, but that is not what she was doing. The woman was only trying to take off the the little boys back pack so he could get into the car, but if she had been looking down at him and not been in such a big hurry she could have had a great hug.
What a sad missed opportunity, but that isn’t what I was thinking. What I was thinking was how many missed opportunities have I had with my kids, my daycare kids and the kids I minister to at Church. Also missed opportunities with visiting with my husband, family and friends. Most importantly with God. I missed a huge opportunity of spending time with God this morning and almost forgot to wish my son a Happy Birthday. I was too consumed with worry over our finances. Last night we were hit with a surprise, but instead of hitting my knees and asking God to help us figure out what to do I got on my worrying hat and tried to bite my nails down to almost nothing. What did that accomplish, just a sleepless night, lots of tears and almost missing the most important day of my 9 year olds life. I am so grateful that I remembered and gave him is birthday hug before school.
We got the boys off to school, unfortunately due to my tears they were worried about me all day, so I had to explain to them that all was ok. They should never have known that we had even the slightest worry today, since it turned out to be just fine. I quickly fixed my priorities. I went to God and to God’s word. I asked a wonderful friend to pray for us today as we worked through our problems with God’s help.
During my break I balanced and checked and did all the bookwork to figure out what was needed to be done. We were fine, tight but fine. When we don’t let God handle the “stuff” in our lives we get overwhelmed and needlessly worry. I had procrastinated on things I should have stayed on top of and so the problem was bigger in my mind then in reality. God is in control and is taking care of us. This is his promise to his people, made so long ago.
After getting my mind put back together I decided to ambush my son with love after school. I heard him get home and got to where he couldn’t see me. I bounded out of the house yelling HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Then I grabbed him and kissed him all over the face. Then found out how his day was. I then let him know that I was sorry that I got him worried this morning. We had a great after school visit about all that he did. I plan to never miss another hug or talking opportunity with either of my son’s. I plan on never missing one with my husband or other people. I especially plan on never missing one with God.
Now to ambush the other boy, since I can hear him opening the gate now lol