Thursday, November 04, 2010

A glimpse into the future

Yesterday I was walking down the hallway of new church.  Mr. Goat and baby goat were having Wed night dinner and I was prepping for a class that I had to teach.  In a distance down the hall I saw a little boy, a 2nd grader, enter, run up the hallway part way and go into the Fellowship Hall.

His shirt was the same color that baby goat was wearing.  His pants dark and similar from a distance (black vs. dark olive but it looked the same at the time).  His hair was the same slightly shaggy haircut of the same color.

The child was laughing and joyful.

And for the moment I look and saw baby goat, my son, years from now. 

This is what I saw:

I saw him running through the halls of new church, with his friends and maybe siblings.  I saw myself prepping to teach a class with him in it.  I saw in the children's choir singing and goofing off but loving to sing.  I saw him comfortable and comforted by the church where we've made our home.  I saw him happy.  I saw him healthy.  I saw him, my beautiful boy, growing up in the blink of an eye.

Of course I didn't see him.  Two more steps down the hallway identified the child as one of the kids who was due to attend my class in a few minutes.

Still this vision has stuck with me today.  Children grow so fast.  It seems so cliche, but it is true.  At 20 months already his infant months seem farther away than preschool or even Kindergarten.  It is bittersweet but exciting at the same time. 

I pray my vision proves true.  I pray that he grows healthy and happy.  I hope he feels loved.  I hope so much for baby goat, but ultimatlely it boils that.  Happy.  Healthy.  Loved.

6 comments:

Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful image!

Colleen said...

Tears here. It's true, they do grow so fast, and the heart has to reconcile the fact that while you love the person they are now, you still wish for the person that they were, and are excited for the person they will become. Gosh. More tears.

Miss K said...

I never really think about it until I see a baby picture of one of the kids and then it hits me right in the gut. Time goes by so quickly....

fritzfacts said...

Such a great and tearful vision to see. I can't imagine my daughter as the 16 year olds that she sees at softball, but I know it's coming...

trishatfox said...

I have lived it. It is true. Not only do they grow up fast. But I have been blessed to have my children grow up in a church home that, to them, feels like a second family. Oh dear, my eyes are filling with tears, here. There is nothing like it. They are more themselves at their church school than they can ever by at their real school. This is a gift. At church there are 97 year old women who know their names and ask them about school and their music. This is a gift. At church they are given the opportunity to play their music and to read and speak in front of the entire congregation and they are so warming received it makes me weep. This is a gift. Your vision of Baby Goat will be realized. I know there is a poignancy there. But believe me, this church home you have given him...that God has given him...is a treasure beyond measure. (didn't mean to rhyme there).

Amy said...

Beautiful post Liz. It's what every mom wants :)