It'll Quickly be Tomorrow

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Isn't it crazy how we wait for something for so long with so much excitement and when it comes we are already waiting for the next thing? 

When I was pregnant with Noah I literally could not wait to have him in my arms. I tried everything Pinterest said to do to naturally induce labor. Not necessarily because I was a miserable pregnant lady, I just wanted to have him in my arms. See what he looked like, smell his sweet scent, kiss his little fingers and cheeks all day. I failed to acknowledge that when he was out, I would never feel him inside again.

When he was born I spent so much time looking for the next chapter of his life. When will he sit up? When will he walk? When will he say his first word? I cannot wait for him to sleep through the night! Well all of those things happened and they happened so very fast. I found myself wondering, when will he let me hold him again? Will he ever sleep in my arms like he used to?

So often we find ourselves with this "when will" mentality without realizing how much it takes away from the right now. This doesn't just happen with kids but with life in general. This mentality steals gratitude from our hearts and before we know it, we missed out on so much. Think about the Israelites. They were so ready to be set free from slavery and then, they were. They knew there was a promise land and they couldn't wait to get there. Their anxiety became greater than their faith in The One Who set them free...

"Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained.  “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?”  Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!” Numbers 14:1-4

I can relate to the Israelites. Often I find myself looking so intently at what is to come that I forget to praise in the wilderness, in the now. Sometimes what I am hoping for in the future doesn't come quite fast enough and I lose the ability to remember what God has already done which is the very thing I asked Him for.
Enjoy your small house, one day you will have a bigger one and will miss the closeness of your family. Remember how much you prayed for the ability to be on your own.
 Enjoy your singleness, eventually you will be married and kind of wish you had some time to yourself. Remember how much you prayed for God to make you the woman you are today. Enjoy your sleepless babies, one day they'll sleep through the night. Remember how much you prayed for God to make you a mother.
Embrace your season, be grateful for today, it will quickly be tomorrow.

So here I am, bags under my eyes, spit up all over my shirt, with some seriously neglected self care. One day Noah will be able to get his own breakfast, soon Uriah will be crawling around and gaining independence.  Uriah was only 3 months old in these pictures and here he is turning half a year this week! They won't be little forever. I am breathing them in, each and every second.
Enjoy today, it will be quickly be tomorrow.

With Love, Jalyssa

1 comment:

  1. So true sis! Today is so necessary for us. Each step just as important as the last and should be treated as such! These kids grow like weeds!