From the beginning, Dave and I had it all figured out.
The plan was to have them close together so we could do it all just once… diapers, potty training, and car seats. They would grow up all wanting to ride the same amusement park rides and live out the teen years together. They would be the best of friends; which thankfully has turned out well.
We used to brag that we would be empty-nesters before we turned 50. That way, we’d still have lots of life ahead after the kids were grown and on their own.
But when our youngest of the three “olders” was almost 10, we were surprised with our sweet little Matthew. And even though I had crazy questions of “Why now?” God turned out to not be as crazy as I thought He was; He had Matthew planned all along. We may surprise our parents but God is never taken by surprise.
Psalm 139:16 says, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
For each one of us, God has a plan. And it’s through the living out of our days centered on Him and His purpose that we see His plan unfold in our lives.
So as we journey together and send our kids off one by one, I find the days have gone by so very quickly and my “olders” are leaving the nest all too soon. With our oldest in college and our youngest in kindergarten, my heart swells with the beautiful plan of the Savior who knows all too well what we really need, even when we think we have it all figured out.