And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.
Yesterday, I lacked patience most of the day and almost entirely – with Scott, with the kids – I even was a great bother to myself. Cole was a little off yesterday as well. In a way, I think Cole and I fed off of one another’s negativity. We took turns alternating apologies to one another throughout the day.
“I am so sorry that I have been so emotional today Cole. I know it is making home school difficult for you.”
“Oh, Mom, I’m the one who’s been emotional, I keep getting frustrated and then sinning in my heart.”
“But I’m the parent, Honey,” I said.
“But you're only human too, Mom” He said.
Although the day ended far better than it had been most of the day for us - thanks to a family bike ride and Cole's exciting soccer game, I really didn’t want to carry my attitude any longer and was worried that the next day could be bad as well. So, last evening, I came very needy before the Lord in prayer and implored Him for extra grace and mercy for the next day and the 170 some days of school we had left of this school year. Well, God not only answered, but He did so first thing this morning. He gave extra mercy and encouragement beginning at 8am through the words of our 9 year old son, Cole.
As Scott and I were sitting together with our coffee preparing for our morning devotions together, Cole came down the stairs to join us, as he often does. Scott read a few sentences that included the words intelligent design; but, before he could go any farther, Cole asked if he could interrupt for a moment to ask a question.
Cole said, “What Dad read just reminded me of a favor I wanted to ask about my school curriculum this year.”
“Sure, go ahead Cole,” His dad said.
“I would really appreciate it if we could read a lot in our science study this year from the creation scientist’s view. I just don’t want to be like a fish hook that get’s stuck into a fish that’s dead, I want to get hooked into those things which are fresh and alive. So, I’d like to start out by learning what is really true." Cole said with great conviction.
He then asked, “Does that make sense or is that a foolish picture to imagine in my mind and share with you?”
Scott immediately responded, “That was not a foolish thing to think or say at all – it was actually very wise, a great word picture son - Honestly, thanks for giving our family devotions this morning Cole – That’s all I needed this morning, How about you Kerry?!”
"Absolutely!" I said
Cole then said - “Oh, Thanks for saying that Dad – that’s very encouraging.”
And then came Sweet Maya’s words that kept my spirits up and heart laughing the rest of this wonderful day.
“Now, Maya for your first week of K-4, we are going to study Day three of creation. ‘Genesis 1:9-13, I said.
“Then God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered together so the dry land will appear.’ And it happened. God named the dry land ‘earth’ and the water that was gathered together Seas….”
But before I could finish the passage, Maya sweetly and confidently said, “and then....And then God gathered the waters together at people’s houses and called them “pools.”
AWESOME! My Funny girl Maya!
Oh, what a wonderful, wonderful Day! What sweet, funny children you have entrusted to us Lord!
Thank you for this day and these memories. Thank you that I didn't miss these moments with my children because of a heart that could have stayed stuck in impatience.