Monday, June 15, 2009

Growing Up

One day as I was looking at the progress our vegetable and herb gardens were making, I noticed a few things laying in the dirt. There was an army man, an airplane, a piece of a matchbox car and the nozzle used to fill water balloons.


Looking at these things made me sad. They reminded me of the two little boys who used to play in the dirt and mud in our backyard with their trucks and plastic army men. They'd build forts with sticks and rocks and dig holes, which they then poured water into. There were also many kids in our backyard having water balloon fights and squirting each other with water guns.


As I was thinking about how sad I was that these boys are growing up and exploring other interests, I thought about God. I realized that as God watches His children mature in their faith and in their walk with Him, He is elated! He doesn't want His kids to stay young and to continue to act childish. He doesn't miss His "babies" the way I do. Instead, He embraces each step we take toward maturity. God wants us to grow up.

Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity,... Hebrews 6:1

My children have to grow up in order to live the life God has planned for each of them. If I hinder their maturity, I hinder the work of God. I would create stagnation in their walk with Him and cause them to stall out on the road to eternal life. I don't want to do this. I want my boys to grow to be Godly men and to raise Godly children of their own.

So I need to let go of the plastic toys in the dirt and cheer my sons on as they walk on more fertile ground and grow into the men that God intends them to be.

7 comments:

Chatty Kelly said...

They grow up fast, don't they?

Andrea said...

Leslie,

What a timely post! I desperately needed to hear this word today. GOD bless you for sharing from your heart.

Blessings and prayers, andrea

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Oh, that was so good! I just posted about empty nest last week. It's a sad thing, but then the Lord just showed me so many blessings through the tears.

On Purpose said...

This my friend is SO hard for a momma to do! Thank you for sharing it and your encouragement to allow God to do His thing!

Heart2Heart said...

Beautiful and priceless post! Can't wait to see how wonderful your boys will become men!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Sue J. said...

You need to share these toys with the boys and see what their reaction is--and maybe you do it today, or maybe you wait a few years more (or maybe you do both!). Their comments will probably be quite interesting....

I think it's totally OK to have those reflective sad moments. Is it that you want them to be babies again? Not really. It's the amazement that brings us to tears at how far they have come.

(Of course, I'm writing this as my little one has poured water all over the table and is pounding her clean-up rag into it! "It's water day!!!" And, you're telling me I'll cry over this in about 10 years?! HA!!!)

Thanks for the story, Leslie! Enjoyed it....

Kathryn @ Expectant Hearts said...

Leslie, this is a BEAUTIFUL post! I am sad today.. It's a little different,I'm just missing Seth so much.. BUT, he IS in Heaven, on jesus' knee and playing with angels. What a blessed ltitle boy!

I guess I need to figure out how to let go too....