“When did this happen?” I asked my husband, Scott.
“When did what happen?” He asked back.
“When did our children become so old? We have a junior, freshman and a 7th grader.”
“After they finished school last year,” he said smugly.
I gave him a look and just sat, remembering each of them at different times in their lives. I thought of 3 year old Bjorn, with his “Bob own tool” set helping Scott build a doghouse for our then, puppy Rex. I remembered Serena, so tiny and little, dressed as a Vikings cheerleader, giving me kisses and being a little love bug. Then I thought of our wonderful surprise from God, Brock, and his way of always getting into crazy predicaments. All these memories brought happiness to me.
We only have our children in our care for a short time. Mary must have realized this too. She knew that Jesus was special, the shepherds came and bowed to Him. The bible then says, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart,” Luke 2:19 (NIV). Later in the story (Luke 2:42-52), Jesus goes missing. Mary was worried and scared. They found him, three days later, at the temple in Jerusalem, teaching the rabbis. Mary said to him “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
Jesus replied, “Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” They didn’t understand what he was saying to them. It goes on to say that, “Mary treasured all these things in her heart.”
We, as moms, grandmas, and even aunts should use Mary as an example and treasure our moments with our children. All moments, the great and the trying times. God has only entrusted them to us for such a short time. Take those moments and treasure each and every one.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for our little ones, even if they are not so little anymore. Please help us treasure the moments we have with them and not take them for granted. I pray for guidance, and that we allow your will in their lives be done. Amen