My daughter and I went for a lovely walk today – up to the local shops, then popped in to visit ‘’Nanna’’, then a slide and a swing on playground around the corner…then my ‘’Poppit” scooted ahead of me, as I strolled along behind watching her having a lovely time. I walked along dreamily and approaching the corner, thinking that she was hiding just out of sight, to trick me…I called…no answer…then again…and then, it hit me – panic, frantic thoughts.
Oh my God – where is she? Has someone taken her…I’m calling and then I’m out on the road for a better view, looking everywhere she could be…did she cross the road without me? Is she hiding in the bushes to trick me? My brain was in a frazzle…then a police car drove by – perhaps I should flag it down…God where is she?
I looked again up the footpath…no sign of her…every thought of life without my darling girl was filled with utter misery…even worse, if someone had snatched her – what dreadful things – unthinkable… GOD where is she?
Calling, calling…voice now desperate…then there she was…calmly, quietly scootering back to me…oblivious of my ‘’worst nightmare’’ state.
I went over and hugged her and cried…telling her how much I love her… we walked home.
My heart rate may never be the same again….
I am not an overly protective parent, although I sense, I’ve had an injection of vigilance!
As if that wasn’t enough to learn from….I am challenged also, to apply this lesson to every area of my life.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Cor 16:13
“..being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6