Trying to find some “quiet” time at the lake, take two…Last week I was talking about how great my whole 60 seconds of quiet were the evening we went camping. I had high hopes for the next morning, for some coffee and quiet Bible reading/journaling at the water’s edge. I had made sure the children knew what was for breakfast and told them they could play with their friends until I was fully awake.
It was so perfect, a beautiful morning. I settled into my chair with my hot coffee and books. I am pretty sure I got a whole 2 minutes this time.In my last post I had promised to tell you how my four year old did while camping. He did surprisingly well! I found that as long as he had a little snack baggy, he was a happy camper. I would just refill it now and then, and he was set. I think he only had two meltdowns the whole trip. (Side note: I have tried to continue this since we got home and it has not been as successful. I guess it is just too much fun to tell me he is hungry every twenty minutes!)
So back to my morning. After two minutes here he came, my little man. He was so excited to show me how far he could throw a rock into the lake. Over and over. I tried to get away with continuing to read and just say, “Wow, that’s amazing!” every now and then, but no, he had to show me each rock and then make sure I was watching.
I put my books aside as I realized, the lake will always be here, my little boy will not. As I mentioned, my oldest was already off on a mission trip this past month. It really wasn’t that long ago that he was the little boy throwing rocks into the water. Even though, as I said last week, that it is important to find quiet little moments for ourselves now and then, it is important to use wisdom in choosing those times. I could have asked my little guy to give me some space, but this time, while Bible reading and journaling are good, giving my little boy my attention was the best.
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6