The wind was whipping around us as we were spinning and twirling through the yard.
Arms spread out, we laughed as dizziness set in before we tumbled into the lawn chair together.
She wrapped her little arms around my neck, snuggled in tight and said,
“Don’t let me blow away mommy!”
It was one of those moments in life where you wish you could stop time. You long for a way to bottle it up so you won’t ever forget how soft her skin feels against yours. How her little fingers played with your hair as we sat quietly together.
And my heart began to ache.
Ached because I knew that this moment would be over all too quickly.
Ached because I knew that soon she would not fit so perfectly in my lap.
Ached because I knew that the winds of life would toss and turn her and that I wouldn’t always be there to block their force as they tried to “blow her away”.
But, there are no magic bottles for collecting moments.
No spells to be conjured up in an attempt to stop time. Just as a strong wind pulls and tugs at a boat tied to the dock, this world will try to pull her away from the security of being tied to our “dock”.
And even the strongest of docks have been known to be pulverized by gale force winds and boats tossed and turned like plastic toys in a bathtub. So I pray for wisdom, protection, guidance.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6
What if instead of being tied to the dock, her boat was tied to a rock.
The only One that can withstand those hurricanes of life.
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.” Psalm 18:2-3
Because, no matter how much I want to believe that she will find enough security tied to the dock that is our family, I know that there are some things I cannot protect her from.
Things that we can’t predict and are beyond our control.
So, we too tie our rope to the Rock, trusting that He will take care of her.
And as we sit in that chair together on that warm summer day, she has no idea of the thoughts running through my head. She just innocently waits for my reply.
So, I tell her the only thing she needs to hear right in that moment.
“I won’t let you blow away sweetie!”
Teresa @ LostMuleLodge.com says
So beautifully stated.
Karen Hobson says
So many storms of life roll through as our children get older. Unfortunately, we can’t protect them from it all – and sometimes shouldn’t. Instead, we need to teach them to be bendable, flexible and able to withstand the gales BECAUSE they are tied to THE Rock. Tethered to the Solid Rock is the only sure way to be tossed and turned but not blown away.
Rose L. says
If we lean on him he will support us. He speaks in whispers and we must be open to hear him.
Julie Briones says
Very comforting post, Vanessa. Thank you!