Zits cartoon, in the Sunday paper, caught the feelings mothers go through as their children transition into adults. She is following her long-legged son around the house, while her memory is taking her back to the days of his childhood. She just sighs. The end of the comic strip has the son asking his Dad to talk to his mom, who has been acting strange all day.
I have gone through this stage of motherhood five times. My fourteen year old now towers over me, while the others have set out on their own. Then there is Benjamin. God decided to bless us with what is termed a late life pregnancy. For me, this unexpected blessing is my personal gift from God. Just like the ones before him, he too, is growing.
I can not stop him from growing, even though my heart aches at each new sign of independence. Then I turned to the word of God where it is said the best.
Luke 3:40 - And the child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
Genesis 33:5 - ...the children whom God has graciously given your servant."
Mark 10:14 - "Permit the children to come to me; do not hinder them; for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these....Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all". And he took them in His arms, and began blessing them, laying His hands upon them.
May I treasure all these things in my heart and not miss one moment. As I encourage younger mothers, "they will be grown before you know it, ENJOY!"