A peep into the future.
A peep into the future.

I love having kids, but sometimes I lose my cool.

“I’m bored!”

“Do I have to do that?”

“It’s not my turn!”

Let’s not forget my favorite, the all-purpose eye roll.


We spent time at the park today.  Ruby played with her cousins, lifting herself up high on the swings.  Other kids filtered in and out of the park, enjoying the partly sunny day and the freedom of summer. My sister-and -law and I chatted and ran interference now and then.

We watched a really chubby kid dominate the tire swing.  He needed a couple of kids to push him and get him moving.  Other kids shot hoops at the far end of the playground.

Our kids clambered on the play structure.  They went down the slide.  They chased each other in an impromptu game of tag. A small group of kids, school friends plus cousins, wandered over to the big trees by the fence. Each tree probably has 100 or more rings, trees you can’t hug by yourself. When the posse returned, they had something to show us.

“Look what we found!” Ruby’s cousin proclaimed, holding up two fuzzy caterpillars. I took a peek.  Both had yellowish fuzz with a black underskin. One was just over an inch long.  The other measured only about a 1/2 inch. Frankly, I’d call them rather ugly.

Ruby pouted and stated *she* had found them.  Her cousin kindly surrendered one.

“It’s a baby one,” Ruby said.

Ruby peered at her hand. I poked it.  It felt alive but didn’t move much.

Caterpillars have a temporary existence.  They turn into butterflies.  And so these kids aren’t what they will be:  kind, responsible adults.  They have the makings now.  They’re funny, smart, generous, agile, you name it.  Only sometimes it comes out as complaining and arguing. Sometimes it looks like they can’t sit still and don’t follow directions.  Their behavior may be ugly at times. They’re still becoming. This calls for  more patience and grace. Butterflies aren’t made in a day.  Neither are great grownups. Truly, we’re all being changed day by day.

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. – 2 Corinthians 3:18



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