In reading Amy’s thoughts about being a mommy to little ones 24/7 and all that goes with it, I got to thinking about my own stage of life. All my babies are gone and I would be one of those that Amy is referring to as “an older woman”.
So is my life easier than Amy’s? I don’t know, honest I don’t. I can’t promise that having those boys out buying cars and getting married is any easier. Oh yes, they can take care of themselves more or less now. Our boys can cook for themselves and wash their own clothing if they have to, and keep their rooms cleaned now. But I don’t go so far as to say that MY responsibility toward them is any easier…just different.
My prayers for them have changed. Instead of praying for their growing up things like physical safety and wisdom to train and discipline; I am praying for their moral safety, their search for a life work, and for their future wives if they aren’t married yet. I pray for their ministry (every man has one), and for wisdom for them because the world they live in is so much more deceptive and ungodly than the world we where started out our life/journey… I think.
I suppose I get more sleep than I did when the children were babies. But again I’m not sure. Now I lay there praying for the children in Thailand, in Nebraska, and those living here at home. I am listening for the footsteps of those children out playing V-ball till 10 PM and praying for them that when they’re sitting at McDonalds afterward that they’ll be wise and remember Whose they are and Who they serve.
Someday when it’s time to send your little girl, who somehow got to be 17 years old under your very nose, to Thailand on an international flight you’ll be hard pressed to think that this is any easier than having her at home, age 10, whining about Mac and Cheese for lunch.
Oh yes, I am happy to see our children grow up. I don’t miss the baby days. I just thought you ought to know that the race isn’t over for me either, yet. Just keep praying and running, all you mommies with wakeful, naughty babies. God created us to do what we do, I don’t see what could be a higher calling after all, do you?