Lately, I have been thinking about the name of this particular section of “Far Above Rubies,” because the notion of “good things” can mean different things to different people. It can also represent a common thread for all of us. Who has not, at one time or another, used the phrase, “It’s a good thing, that… (fill in the blank).”On the other hand, having loving parents, whether affirmed by a child or an adult, should be regarded as one of the most precious “good things.”
BEING that loving parent has its own unique challenges and rewards. Since I have “graduated” from the parent stage and have moved along into the grandparent stage, I can honestly say that the rewards have far outweighed the challenges along the way. Yes, we can second-guess ourselves with the “could have, would have, should have done” thoughts, but after all, we are only human, and as that loving parent or grandparent, we endeavor to do our best.
It has been over sixteen years since our twin granddaughters were born. At that time, I received a picture frame from a co-worker which bore these words: “If I’d known grandchildren were so much fun, I’d have had them first!” Humorous, yes, and yet there were other thoughts that came to mind. Why were they fun? Weren’t our own children fun? Ahhh, but the 24/7 responsibility of children was not included with the grandchildren. The self-imposed pressure for perfection, and the fear of failing simply did not come with them. At the same time, we can be confident that as we look to the Lord, He will direct our steps and give us the wisdom we need to succeed in our family. (Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”)
Supervising and caring for infants and toddlers in the church nursery can provide an ongoing learning experience, whether the worker is a teenager or a grandma, or anything in between! Remember, we are never too old to learn! I have seen that Biblical principles applied by parents are indeed successful in the training of their children. Obedience is key in the child’s development, and that does not come without consistent teaching and training. Parenting may grow wearisome, but speaking from the other end of the spectrum, I can confidently say that predictable, loving training is well worth the investment. It is a privilege to be a nursery worker to see, first hand, how toddlers react to the word, “obey.” It is very apparent, by the look on the child’s face, when he/she has heard that word before. Their response is telling. Commitment on the part of the parent to do the right thing is one of those “good things” that will not go unrewarded. Eventually, that parent may have the joy of becoming a grandparent!
All of this is to say that the nurturing love of a parent will always be a “good thing.” My dad “had my back,” long before I knew what that meant; my mother knew well what being the heart of the home was all about. Be encouraged, mothers, mothers-to-be, biological or adoptive, in the routines of life. Your faithfulness to your family is its own reward, and indeed, a good thing.