As I pushed my son on the swing, I looked up at the blue, cloud spotted sky and noticed a jetliner flying directly above us. Its stream followed behind, leaving a trail in its wake as it faded into the distance.
Instantly, I was filled with a sense of longing. Where were the passengers going? What awaited them at the end of their flight? Years had passed since I’d flown anywhere and I yearned for that sense of adventure.
My swinging arm slowed and my two-year-old was impatient.
“Mama. Mama!” he yelled as my head tilted and revealed my complete distraction.
I thrust the swing back into the air and my thoughts continued to stray elsewhere. When I heard my son whine again, I was impatient. Couldn’t he see I was trying to have a good daydream here?
Inwardly I felt a little nudge. Watch him. Pay attention. Enjoy this moment, right here. Right now.
I directed my attention toward my son. He smiled and threw his head back. It was just the two of us outside on this gorgeous fall day. He wanted to spend time with his mama, and I knew there would come a day when that would not be the case.
Mothering can be a very demanding job, and I know there will be moments when I am absent minded. I am human. I am also a writer, constantly looking for ideas to weave into a story or a new angle to approach a common subject.
But I also want to be present. I want to embrace the gifts that are right in front of me, and recognize the One from whom they flow.
To live a full life, we must embrace each season instead of constantly looking ahead to the next one.
Right now, I am in a season where my son needs more of my immediate attention than he will several years down the road. And that is a good thing. Every time he showers me with hugs and kisses, I am reminded just how much I am loved by this tiny person who tries my patience in more ways than I can count.
As my thoughts turned from the jetliner to my toddler, I could sense God giving me an invitation. An invitation to live life right there instead of sitting coach on an airplane. A call to see the blessings right there in front of me.
A summons to a full life. Not later, but now.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1