February 5, 2014
Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly at the pace of the livestock that are ahead of me and at the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.
I know what Jacob, the “l” in this passage, meant here. I am veering off my word “walk” to a cousin word, “pace,” because veering off is so much what happens when you are going anywhere with kids, or animals/dogs/pets, walking or otherwise. I remember the day that we no longer had to take a diaper bag, stroller, etc. I now can jump in the car and take off, walk out the front door to walk pretty quickly. Once in awhile I have grand kids with me. It is a whole different ballgame. The pace is definitely different – or certainly should be. Traveling with a family is a different pace than when Jim & I are traveling alone.
Jacob had been through a whole lot by this time in his life and now he was traveling with a family, a large family. He had learned a great deal and this lesson is a good one for all of us – be considerate, take into consideration the little ones, even “big” little ones. Allow time to pace yourself for their sake.
When our kids were young, I would get out the kids’ clothes Saturday night to have them ready to help in getting ready for church on Sunday. It would help to make it not such a push in the morning. I would need to get up earlier than they did so that I could have a plan for breakfast for them. It all takes extra time, much consideration and a whole lot of patience. Thank you, Jacob, for your reminder to pace my going – especially with others.