My four year old, Matthew, is a bundle of energy. And by energy I mean like a typhoon ready to take you down. Literally. His goal is to see how many people he can tackle every day. It is exhausting trying to keep his energy at a less than boiling temperature. You are only safe from him when he is sleeping. He really wanted to go to preschool this year. A real preschool, like his big brother went to last year. Even though it costs quite a bit of money, we were planning on it. But something kept bugging me about it. I felt like he shouldn't, he needed more time at home. So we found a co-op group of moms that were doing a preschool together and so that is what we have been doing for little Matthew. He is only gone a few hours a week and I am really grateful. It is nice to have him be the big kid at home most of the time and to get a few more hours with him than I would have otherwise.
I was thinking about this today as I watched him color at the table. He would have been at school during that time if he went to the "real" preschool. But instead, I got to watch him dance around as he picked up crayons from around him, perch them by his lips as he studied the paper, and then stick his tongue out in concentration as he made a few marks on his picture. Then the process was repeated. I could tell he had a vision of what he wanted to create. I could also tell he had some song or beat going on in his head as he moved around to the rhythm I couldn't hear. And I was so thankful. Maybe the Lord had lots of reasoning to keep Matthew home more. I'm sure there were lots of little things, and maybe many more that I have yet to discover, if I ever will. But if it was just so I could see this one moment and realize that Matthew has a passion for coloring that I hadn't noticed before and that he is growing up so much that his coloring actually looks like something and not just scribbles and shapes. I needed that moment watching my little buddy.
Life changes people so quickly, especially our little people. The Lord knows that. He also knows just what we need, what we don't need, what we will want and how to give us that. I am so thankful that He is a God that is involved in our lives. He lets us make our own choices. And He is ready to tell us how to make the right choices that will make us happy, if we will just listen. I am so thankful for His presence in my life and for giving me the glimpses and moments that make me remember my purpose here. Try to recognize something in your life today that only the Lord knew you would need...and be grateful for it.