Sometimes I feel less like a parent and more like my favorite fictional detective, Hercule Poirot.
Every day is filled with mysteries to solve: Did they really brush their teeth? Who left the wet towel on the carpet AGAIN? Whose turn is it to do the dishes? And on and on it goes.
As difficult or time consuming as these types of mysteries are, there are far more important questions that come up while raising children: Am I really teaching them anything? Are they becoming the people God designed them to be? Are they ever going to learn to be kind to their siblings???
I don’t think even Sherlock himself could figure out the answer to that last question! I guess the answer remains to be seen.
My most important role in this detective-parenting however, is discovering ways each day to point their hearts towards God. I need to be listening, watching and praying for the opportunities to have conversations about Jesus. It does take slowing down and looking for clues from my children about how they are feeling or what they are thinking about. But if I am paying attention, God creates those times for me, I just need to be willing to stop other things I might be doing and take advantage of them.
That is one thing I have been grateful for with sheltering-in-place, it has created more time for me to spend with my children. We have had opportunities to talk about more of God’s truths together. I have re-discovered how important it is to examine the wonders of God’s mysteries with my children as they share their hearts.
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29