Thursday, April 23, 2009

Great Expectations...

Pencils in hand, my children and my sister's children began scratching down words, ideas, and thoughts for the creation of stories that will be (as promised) published. We had the great idea of rewarding our little writers with hard-cover books for their hard work and editing. I knew the response would be positive but the excitement was inspiring. Setting out on the journey is always exhilarating but the editing process is tedious and often discouraging.

So it is with our walk with God. Our mountain-top experiences in His presence are necessary and comforting. They are strengthening and a preparation for the valley. But the time in the valley is often long and daunting, leaving us defeated if we haven't experienced sufficient basking on the mountain.

So, I'll watch as the writing process unfolds, and I'll encourage, and I'll remind them of the finish line. The growth is in the process, the pain, the valley. The prize is important but the journey is what they'll remember. And that's what I'm here for. To make that process, their education, a sweet memory, where the "pain" was something they smiled at because they began to envision the reward from the outset.

As I spur them on, I remind myself to bask in God's presence each morning, keep my eye on the prize, and to be cognisant of the growth while in the valley. I have great expectations for all of us.

1 comment:

Heather said...

Hi mommy I love your blog now we both have one!