Jack’s 1st Day in Grade 1
I stood at the bus stop this morning, holding Jack’s hand, waiting for the bus. It is a big moment for both Michelle and I. I looked over to her and said, “I cannot believe that Jack is going into Grade 1.” Her response triggered 6 years of memories simultaneously. She said, “Did you ever imagine how big he would grow and imagine this day when you held him as a baby?”
My mind time-traveled back to the Neo-natal ICU. The smell of the soap every visitor has to wash in before the doors would open. The constant heart beat, oxygen level and pulse, amongst other things, flashing on the monitor above his heated crib. I remember holding him on my chest while he was attached to all those wires. Have you been there? If you have, all you need to do is close your eyes and you find yourself back there again.
And now, 6 years later, I get to walk him across the street and up into the bus with his friends to begin 1st grade.
I couldn’t help be reminded of Ecclesiastes chapter 3. This chapter is famous for the first paragraph…but it’s the second part of the chapter that filled my heart.
It says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11-13)”
Today is a beautiful day. After all the constant aiding, feeding, sleepless nights, emotional exhaustion…God has made everything beautiful in its time.
To witness Jack climb up the stairs into the bus to go to school to learn alongside his peers. To see the joy in his face that turns into uncontrollable excitement…is beautiful. This is the gift of God.
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