I hate to break it to you new moms, but there is no such thing as a portrait “sitting” for a family Christmas card when you have a toddler. There is, however, a lot of running, bribing, nose-picking and crying. You gotta love it when your hubby hits his max and asks the patient photographer if she can just photo shop in the twenty-one-month-old.
As crazy as life can be with two teens and a toddler, I cherish each and every moment. I hope you will, too.
Things can change in the blink of an eye.
I remember the months early in our son Daniel’s diagnosis with leukemia embracing even the most routine parts of life. I still get misty-eyed when I look back at our family Christmas card photograph from 2007. Watching in the bathroom as I put his twin sister’s hair into pigtails, I’ll never forget our little bald-headed boy blurting, “Mommy, isn’t it great you don’t have to brush mine anymore?”
One Christmas I may just get up the nerve to pick the picture that more accurately reflects the imperfections of our family life.
However, what I pray never to neglect each year is perspective.
Perspective is the ability to view things in their true dimension and importance. It is seeing the particulars of life without losing focus on the big picture.
Anyone familiar with driving in Atlanta, GA is aware freeways are rarely free from jams and gridlocks. When I lived in Atlanta and taught at The Lovett School, I would often check the local traffic report each morning before heading out the door. I found the most reliable reports were those broadcast live from a helicopter. Flying over road conditions, the reporter would give direction as to how drivers could best navigate through congestion, avoid traffic accidents, and utilize posted detours. Those rushed mornings when I disregarded the traffic reports would inevitably end with me in a long line of cars deadlocked and motionless. I quickly began to realize the value of time spent listening to the perspective from above.
Similarly, when situations in life don’t necessarily go the way I plan, I must take time to try and see things from God’s viewpoint. Henry Blackaby penned, “Big assignments require big characters. God will give you a responsibility in proportion to the size of your character. God sees your life from His eternal perspective. He will take whatever time is necessary to grow your character to match His assignment for you.” By orienting my life to the truth of His Word, I am able to live in confidence knowing He will safely guide and direct me through every crossroad and crisis.
II Samuel 22:31 says, “The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” When I measure my problems by the size of my God, my unsettled becomes settled.