That means watermelon season is upon us.
I would've taken a picture, but I ate it all before that occurred to me.
I followed up my watermelon appetizer with a lunch of pimento cheese, one of the great foods missed by millions simply because they are Yankees and have never heard of it.
Simple pleasures, fruit and cheese. As I've counted gifts this year, I've wondered at how many of them are small things. I am blessed by minutiae of everyday life.
Yet, in this list of little things, there is large.
The large things are hidden by the tiny piled atop them.
For instance, # 439--"Breakfast out with daughter".
Oh, the significance of that small entry.
My girls tease me when I write about them. "Mama just writes about how hard it is to have teens!"'
Well, it is hard.
As a friend wrestles with a tragic situation concerning a teen family member, I'm reminded that Jesus is the Only Hope we parents have.
The anxiety is real, and the fights are real, and the regrets are real, and the dangers are real.
There's nothing easy about this gig.
Over the years of parenting, I've asked God for some things, things I've begged to see in my household before my children fly the nest.
One of them will launch all too soon, and these last few months together have been a good season.
Hard (yes), but very, very good.
So "breakfast out" really means "the unfailing love and faithfulness of the LORD".
We've got challenges coming in these months of transitions; of that I'm sure, but we can say that we have seen the goodness of the Lord
I'm not sure who, if anyone, reads this blog, but this is for the weary mamas, the struggling daughters, the ones who wonder if it will ever be better. What I can say to you is this: I have been there. There are buckets of tears with my name on them, and there are probably several more sitting on ready, but Jesus will not waste them. He'll redeem them. They will lead to my good and His glory, and whatever glorifies Him will have been worth it.
His unfailing love and faithfulness, His grace and truth, turn breakfast into Bread and Wine.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in your faithfulness.