I have lost count of how many people have said to me that my children will grow up too quickly. As I’m holding my baby people will oooh and ahhh and then say, “Enjoy it while you can, they grow up so quick.”
To be honest, I haven’t found this advice very helpful. There is nothing I can do about the speed of time and while I love certain aspects of my children at their different ages, there are certainly challenges that go with them.
I love how cute and smiley my six month old is, but I haven’t had a good nights sleep since half way through my pregnancy! That’s nearly 12 months ago!!
I can remember when Jai, the first baby born into our house, was a newborn. He was so tiny and dependent and I didn’t want him to grow up. But then he became more interactive and I loved that stage. He would give big gummy smiles and I would think, please don’t grow teeth your smiles are so cute! But sure enough he grew teeth and his smiles were still delightful. And then it was easier to feed him.
From there he started understanding our words and we could play more enjoyable games with him. He then started to walk and explore more of the world.
After that the words started, just a few, and now we can hold full conversations with him.
At each stage we would say goodbye to one special experience but it would always open the door for a new special moment to appear.
I know I will look back and marvel how quickly it all went, but I’ve been surprised at how much I have enjoyed each stage as each child has developed. Sure, they still come with challenges – like sleeplessness and tantrums – but they have held much more enjoyment than trials.
Just because we grow up doesn’t mean our life doesn’t go through stages either. Each company I’ve worked for I would class as a certain stage. Each house I’ve lived in and each challenge I’ve encountered has brought opportunity for development and a new stage of life.
Even for us adults, we may feel like grieving when a certain stage in our lives has passed. But we can only find true happiness if we learn to appreciate a part of the new stage in our lives that has arrived.
No matter what stage we may be in, God is there travelling with us. He doesn’t wait until we have it all together and then draw by our side. No, He is there for us every step of the way.
What kind of stage do you find yourself in at the moment?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.