Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:" In the following verses, the writer goes on to talk about specific seasons or "times" in life - laughing and crying, gathering and scattering, etc.
Life is full of seasons - childhood, teen years, young adulthood, dating, marriage, parenting small children, parenting teens . . . you get the idea! My oldest child is moving 17 hours away to seek job opportunities in San Antonio Texas!! My baby sister lives down there so it's not like I'm sending her into the great unknown with absolutely no one! My sister already has a lead on at least one job possibility; we'll see where it goes from there!
So here comes a new "season" in my life. Of my four children only two are left in high school - one is a junior the other is a freshman. I know it sounds cliche, but it really does seem like they were all too young for schools just a week ago!
So, on Wednesday, my oldest daughter will be leaving my home and moving on to try her wings in the south. People keep making comments like "That's so sad!" or "How tough for you!" and I'm not really sure how to respond. Will I miss her? Duh!!! Of course I will miss her! Do I think it's tragic that she's leaving?! Nope. I love all of my kids more than anyone can possibly understand. But this is a season that's supposed to come! I will miss her and am VERY grateful for things like Skype and Facebook that will allow us to stay in touch. But it's time for her to test her wings and see what the world holds for her. That season has arrived and the best thing I can do is prayerfully step into it, rejoicing in what is to come!