SLOOOOOWWWW Time Down

"Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him…How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!” - Psalms 127:3-5 

My heart is full yet heavy this morning as I watch the daddies and daughters have breakfast around me. Where does the time go? All I can think of this morning is where did the time go? 
 
There have been times when selfishly I've wanted my time and my space away from my girls but as I look back, I'd do anything for a "do over" and spend a little more time holding, laughing, playing, reading, teaching, hugging and loving them. 
 
While I can't stop time or turn the hands back, I can smile and know that for all that I've done wrong I must have done something right...they still call me daddy; they still hold my hand, hug me and kiss me in public; they still say yes when I ask them out on a date and they still run to my arms for safety when life is harsh. They still laugh at my stupidity and tolerate my immaturity in the company of their friends. 
 
My girls are a direct reason why I long to walk closer to God each day. Not necessarily FOR them but BECAUSE of them. Their presence in my life is a daily reminder of my Father's love for me; His desire for my time with Him; His longing for my walk to be straight, my heart to be pure and my decisions to be grounded in His teachings. These are all the same feelings - albeit on a smaller scale - that I have for my daughters. 
 
My prayer today is similar to that of Joshua's as he faced a battle with the Amorites, "O Sun stand still...So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped..." - Joshua 10:12-13. The passage goes on to say that "there has never been a day like it before or since. A day when The Lord listened to a man. Surely The Lord was fighting for Israel." While I don't necessarily want time to stop, I pray that He will place urgency and purpose into my heart - and the heart of every Dad reading this – to not waste one more single chasing our own endeavors, our own agendas, our own passions. I know that God is fighting for The Family today! I pray that today He just s-l-o-w-s time down.
 
I love you girls! 

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