I was trying to talk to someone. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see my girls run like mad through a church sanctuary.
Not a proud mom moment.
Granted, my girls had been cooped up all day in the van and were happy to have a big space to run. No one was at church yet so they had the sanctuary to themselves. They were just being kids.
I had some good excuses for them to use for why they were running like that… good reasons to ignore and let them go.
But… there are moments as a parent that you can’t make excuses. You can’t let go and you must act. You must grab the moment and teach.
Generally, we parent ahead. We plan for these moments by prepping our girls.
Which we had done this time too but they were obviously ignoring us in their joy to run.
I called out to the girls, pointed to a few chairs in the back of the room and gave them the mom eye that said, “SIT.”
They obediently made their way to the chairs.
I could see their excuses forming very quickly on their tongues as they all starting talking, saying, “Mom… but…”
I stopped them.
“Girls, remember the time to time song?”
“Time to time” is what the girls call Mandisa’s “He is With You” song.
It is one of Annalise’s favorite songs and she repeatedly asks for me to play it for her.
When we first got the CD, Annalise had asked, “What does time to time mean?”
So, I explained from Ecclesiastes that there is a time for everything.
A Time for Everything – Ecclesiastes 3
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.