There I was face-down and sprawled out all over the snow-covered road. I have fallen twice in my 20+ years of running. The first time was years ago, from pure exhaustion while training for a ½ marathon. And this second time was just a couple of weeks ago with the reason a complete mystery to me.
It’s like my left foot dug deep into the asphalt and the right, in attempts to compensate, dug even deeper, catapulting the rest of me forward and down. Like two peg legs in the sand. My water bottle flew out of my hand and slid through the slush and grime.
Picking myself up, I looked around to see if anyone saw what had just happened. No one appeared. (Thank You, Jesus for small mercies!! Lol!!)
With only road rash, I ran the rest of the way home in bewilderment. What had just happened? How did I just end up sprawled all over the road?
The next week, running that same route, I found my answer. The melted snow revealed a pot hole.
In much the same way, we are finding this teenager parenting thing tricky and terrifying!!
It seems like this…..my husband and I watching, cheering, directing and warning from the sidelines competing against the thousands of others doing the same. No longer can we keep them close and re-direct them physically or simply tell them, ‘no.’
Their playing field is wide open with their own wills, thoughts, opinions and beliefs emerging.
And there have been times when none of us knew the danger that they were heading into. The plans seemed innocent enough but something told my husband and I that our precious ones may not overcome the peril.
Prayer in parenting has never been so important to us.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26
We are so thankful for His ever-presence and are beginning to trust that this time for our daughters is necessary for their own faith evolution.
We are not alone, as Christians, the Holy Spirit, our Helper cautions, advises, informs and counsels us.