I love this picture my son in love sent me in December. He took his children into the national forest to search for and cut down the perfect Christmas tree. (not like Christmas Vacation) He just does cool things like that all the time.
When I looked at this, I couldn’t help but notice these small humans, my perfect grandchildren’s faces. They look content and even a little adventurous. Their Dad is ahead of them and they’re on their way into the snowy forest on a path they’ve never been on before.
Brack is a single dad; he’s an amazing dad. This is his new path now. He’s also a widower. What?!? Yea – just doesn’t sound right, does it? He would totally put in a good descriptive word right here that would be so cool, but I’m not that cool. But, I do learn from him, just like I learned so much from his freakin’ awesome wife, my daughter, who passed away 8 months ago from brain cancer.
Anger still bites; you can tell, right? But staring at these faces, brave little faces, simmers the stinging frost bite into warm liquid gold of joy and wonder – and hope. They don’t know where they’re headed exactly. They’re just following their Dad who’s promised them an adventure. And they know him well enough to know that he will deliver on his promise.
Take notice, Kim
They stand side by side. Time alone will tell how these days will have forged their sibling relationship. But for now, they just walk together and follow the one who loves them the most in this world (except, of course, for Nana and Granny CC) into the unknown.
Walking an unfamiliar path is not as daunting and is much more fun with a friend.
Everything in me wants to be like them. To trust like them. To follow like them. To stand close together like them. To smile at the wonder of it all like them.
”Learn this well: Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in. Whoever continually humbles himself to become like this gentle child is the greatest one in heaven’s kingdom realm. And if you tenderly care for this little one on my behalf, you are tenderly caring for me.” Matthew 18: 3-5 (TPT)
Off we go….
With much much love,