This week I cut my daughters hair, stitched up a hole in her special blankie she has loved well since she was a baby and prepared clothes for a consignment sale. In short, there has been a lot of cry this week. It is so true that the days are long but the years are short. As I think about our oldest heading off to Kindergarten I’m filled with anxiety. Is she prepared academically? Have we done what we need to do to prepare her? I’m also filled with sadness over how fast these baby/preschool years have gone. As I’m filled with anxiety and sadness she is overwhelmed with excitement. She is curious about what school will be like. She can’t wait to ride a school bus. She is anticipating all the new friends she will make and all the cool things she will learn.
Joshua 1:9 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, do not be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
The older I get the harder it is to embrace this idea. Change is frightening but knowing that we don’t have to go it alone is comforting. So as I cry over her curls, patch her blankies and stare at clothes that can’t possibly be too small for my baby girl, she is ready to attack these new experiences. God, please give me half her courage to not only weather changes in my future but to embrace them.