She waved good-bye and then…
I snapped a picture.
Him still a little unsure on the double trike.
It’s only his second ride. Not to mention, he hates the hat.
They picked up momentum as the road began to slope toward our driveway.
A beautiful day.
A long awaited walk up and back down our rural hill.
I realized she was picking up speed. I started to warn her. “Slow down.”
She doesn’t know how!
“Put your feet down.”
She’s never had to use the brakes before!
Now they are too far ahead and I begin to run. Screaming for her to stop, slow down or just brace herself.
No helmets, we never see any cars and a trike can’t go fast right?
What have I allowed?
She is laughing and giggling with glee or sheer terror I don’t know but I can’t run fast enough and I see it in slow motion. The long trike is too fast. My heart beats faster as my feet pound the gravel.
She’ll get off with a scrape or two but the baby! Not the baby!
The trike rolls over the two of them and skids to a stop. I can’t breathe. I’m crying and running. What have I done?
Then I hear them.
Both of them crying.
My feet keep eating up the road but my heart begins to settle.
God has his hand on my children. He has protected them.
I skid to a stop and unbuckle him, scooping him up. Kissing his little head, brushing the pebbles from his forehead. Nothing major. Just a little scrape. It’s not even bleeding.
“I’m sorry I crashed mama.”
I scoop her up too.
“No honey, I’m sorry I didn’t teach you how to stop first.”
Thank the Lord his angels protected us today.
I wonder how many times I do that to Him. Wave good-bye on a grand adventure. Happy in my new found bliss only to discover I didn’t learn a vital lesson. Then I crash and He picks me up.
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Resisting the urge to go back and edit though I did fix two spelling typos.
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I’ve just received news that my recent devotional submission has been accepted in an upcoming compilation. That was a lot of hard work. This is just plain fun. We’ll they’re both fun…I’m stopping now!