My child touched a dog today! You may read that and say so what? However in a season of one hard after another, a season of having to say no and a season of no sleep I have been praying a lot for God to give me little shout outs, almost like a little pat on the back to keep me going. I stopped asking for the hard to go away but for the ability to do the hard.
While other parents are excited school is starting and their kids are super ready to get back to see their friend and to be in their activities , my house does not. I have two who will be starting kindergarten, two whose backgrounds are much alike but so different. Back to school is a time of hard here. There are so many changes and for a child who needs to feel safe, her safety is taken away and we throw her to the masses and say "good luck" OK for all you teachers I know it's not quite like that but it can feel that way to her and me. And we do love our school! We've been preparing and practicing and doing everything the books, counselors, and my gut tell me to do but fear can be a hard thing to overcome especially for such a little one.
Ok back to the dog. We were at some friends house today for a birthday party. Everyone had an excellent time. On the way out my daughter asked to touch the dog and even feed their dog. My child is terrified of dogs and even cries just thinking there might be a dog wherever we may go. I was happy she wanted to pet this dog.
When we got in the car I was telling everyone how great they did at the party and she grinned and said "yeah mom, I touched a dog." I knew she wanted me to make a huge deal out of so I did. After we got on the road to head home, I could feel that still small voice say "there's you a pat on the back." What true joy came for her and for me just from touching a dog!
I know we all have seasons. We are all in different seasons at different times. Some are happy, some are sad, some seem impossible, but God is the same God in all those seasons, that we can count on. And today (well actually tomorrow now) I am choosing to rejoice big in even what seems like a small thing. Thankful for a God who reminds a friend to send you a card or text or who slows your brain down enough to see the beauty in the mess.