Today, is our oldest daughter’s first day of high school. As Moriah, at 14, walked out the front door with Jackie, her best friend and neighbor, to board the bus, I felt like I was walking over the threshold into a new chapter in life. Gone are the little girl days of Barbie, playing house, and watching Dora. We now have a little woman in our home.
A couple of days ago she asked if she could drive my car in a nearby empty parking lot with me in the passenger seat. I’ve told her, that if all goes well, my car will be hers at 16. She reminded me of that and said she wanted to start practicing. That’s when it hit me. The next threshold is just two years away.
Last night was the final day for summer swimming at our community pool. Moriah said being their for the final whistle at 7:45 PM would be like being there for the official end of summer. So, after dinner, all 5 girls suited up, and we drove to the pool. Moriah wanted to have a video made of the sisters jumping in for one last 2014, summer swim. I took my iPhone, and after they positioned me where they wanted, I hit record.
Soon, I was in the water racing with Carlie, who had a half-pool head start. I tried to coach 4-year-old Sierra on her free style in the shallow end. As I coached diligently, she responded with a, “Watch this, dad!” and went back to her own swim technique. Reagan and Emily stood nearby and cheered her on. Then, the final whistle sounded.
Later, I heard about a young life guard who followed my oldest daughter out to the car. He was motioning to her, trying to introduce himself. Emily, at 13, pushed Moriah into the car and shut the door. Getting the hint, he turned back, resigning himself to wait for a better time. Being the last to the car, I saw him walking back a little dejected, and said sincerely, “Have a great year!” As far as I know, this kind of thing has never happened in our family. Again, a new life-season dawning.
As much as I would like to try, I can’t press pause on my life. It moves along daily at a clip that speeds up the older I get. Important life-seasons are coming and going. It’s difficult to know how to handle the different issues that come with each new season – when to let go or dig in, when to challenge and encourage, when and how to discipline, how to love.
When the only constant in life is change, there is one thing that will never change. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” While everything in life changes, one thing remains constant – the steadfast love and mercy of the Lord. It never ceases.
So, as my family begins this new season, I am hopeful. Before, around, behind, and above me is the steadfast love of the Lord. His mercy and faithfulness will bring us through to the other side. His good work for us will be accomplished.