2018-05-23 - Chapters
Today our daughter headed off with her Dad, to see about buying her first “gently used” car. In her sophomore year of college, she drove an Explorer or her Dad’s she named Forrest (green SUV). Next, in her junior year into graduate work, followed by teaching her first two years, she’s driven a Nissan Sentra she refers to as “baby car,” which was a family gift. That car had already crossed the lines of many states before her turn with it, and since then, it’s taken her north, south, east and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains for trips with friends, family, and others to do with school-related events. There are a lot of good memories associated with her first vehicles and quite a few include rain storms, as the very first trip on her own was a torrential downpour. And we just wrapped up about four straight days of rain now, so, it seems the appropriate time for her to take the next step. The excitement of working and living on your own a couple years, and now choosing a vehicle that will be in your own name, marks another chapter of her young adult life. It reminded me of the very first car I was able to get, with the help of my Mom, as I was starting college.
Now, being able to share those moments seeing my own daughter come into her own is very extraordinary, as I suppose it was for my Mom, too. My husband and I are grateful to support her and share the tools giving confidence to handle herself now, and in the days ahead. We have joked about the fact that when growing up, our kids did not get tricked (in silly ways) by others, since we did so much messing with their minds at home. In a more solemn way, we have always wanted to have them prepared, as much as is possible, so they would not fall prey to schemes by those intending financial, physical or emotional harm. It’s an unpleasant truth of living in this world, yet real, all the same. As her Dad and I walk her through the process of buying her own car, we want to encourage her, teach her, and, in our hearts, we are so grateful and proud of the young woman we have been honored and privileged to care for, so very long.
I am quite sure that God, as our parent, feels much the same as we have, while walking our journey with our four members of the family. He’s loving, overjoyed by our successes, saddened with us in tough times, protective of our hearts and minds, hoping that we feel able to rely on him and choose to do so, as well as being grateful for every moment shared with us. He wants the very best for us, and that is what we want for our daughter and our son. The needs change as time continues, but hopefully, the desire to be together remains, in the subsequent chapters ahead. It is my hope for my family, as it is my Father’s hope for us, being part of His family. Selah.
“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.” (Colossians 2:2-4 KJV)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.