Philip is a very, very cautious little boy. When babies his age try to get to anywhere else, they usually do it without thinking. They crawl, stand, get off places, without measuring height, depth, length of his spaces. But not this boy. Philip even knows how to fall!
When he uses something to stand up, he will first measure its stability using his hands and arms. Whenever I observe him trying to pull himself up, this is what he does and he can stay there for quite some time, perhaps deeply thinking about the odds of his endeavor. But finally when he sees it won’t do or that he cannot be sure, he goes back to his sitting position where he is safe and comfortable.
And yes, when he falls (of course he still does, and usually out of miscalculation), he knows how brace himself for it and controls his body in such a way that will lessen the impact- if not break the fall completely. Amazing, right?
Perhaps it is a good sign, that my baby has the makings of a very cautious man, who likes to think well and sure before he does anything. Yet no matter how careful, Philip still has his unguarded, carefree moments. At times of intense emotion, he forgets all his prudence protocols. The other time would be when he is in my arms, leaning against me, or when looking at me as he waits for my approval before acting on something. Soon as I give a go sign, he more than happily abandons wariness and proceeds with what he is doing.
I then realize what a powerful figure we are in our children’s lives. One minor flaw in my character and it can shake my child’s sturdy stance, and how a simple nod could send him stepping into a free fall of his life.
I pray for us parents today. That whatever we do, we do it with utmost regard for the person leaning to us for support, and those eyes intently watching our lives. Although nothing is unredeemable for the Lord, we surely will be held accountable for what was put under our trust and care.
The week is almost done. Have a great Thursday!