(yet another lesson from mothering....)
With kindergarten comes many "firsts."
My little man has his first loose tooth. :)
We were in church last night when he made the discovey.
He was terrified.
With some apprehension, he confessed that his tooth was loose and fearfully exclaimed,
"I DON'T WANT TO PULL IT!.... IT'S GOING TO HURT!"
I assured him that it was normal and that he would be fine.
I then explained that the reason the baby tooth was falling out was because there was a much larger tooth ready to take it's place.
Some information I found on the internet about baby teeth:
- otherwise known as temporary teeth
- the first set of teeth in the growth development of humans
- usually lost and replaced by permanent teeth, but in the absence of permanent replacements, they can remain functional for many years
- considered essential in the development of the oral cavity
- the roots of the temporary teeth provide an opening for the permanent teeth to erupt
After reading this information, I was reminded of how we often get fearful when exiting a season or letting go of something old to make room for the new.
Sometimes, we tend to hang on just a little too long.
Ever had tension (stress) when you know you are supposed to let go or move on but you just can't find the courage?
When I refer back to my internet findings above, I find many parallels:
- Like baby teeth, we go through seasons in our lives that are temporary.
- In these varying seasons, we grow, develop and prepare for our next season.
- Although we can remain somewhat functional in our old season for a while, the anointing on our life wanes, new revelation is minimal, and our ability to hear God decreases because of disobedience and lack of faith.
- Many times we question why we are in a particular season or what is its purpose. Just as baby teeth are "essential in the development of the oral cavity," certain seasons we go through are also essential to the development of our character, faith, strength, patience and many other requirements for a successful and effective next season.
- Our past or current season will help guide us into the new and provide an opening for God's plans and purposes to erupt or burst forth in His perfect timing.
Seasons can refer to our job, church, city, or simply our way of thinking or method of doing things, such as programs, schedules, curriculum, the way we worship or any other change that takes place corporately or personally.
Don't rush out of your current season, even if you don't know why you're there. Know that God has a purpose.
But, also, don't stay too long when your season is up. You know what happens when you keep things past their expiration date....
Trust that His timing is perfect.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).