(empty) NEST part one

I got to pick a cool word for a beautiful wire bracelet. A room full of church planting wives--a wonderful friend sharing some inspiring thoughts--and a bracelet maker in the back, his hands wrapped in tape--a roll of wire on the floor--and words being formed into bracelets.  I was part of planning this day, so I was excited that "our girls" were going to get to take home a fun gift, more importantly, one that meant something personally to each one of them. They were to pick a word to encourage or inspire them, maybe a word about something for which they were striving or hoping. So listening to my friend, Coleen, talk about words that mean something special to us, and being more concerned about the day we had planned for these ladies, I did not really think about MY word. And then it hit me. What is the big thing that is characterizing my life right now? What is the next thing for me? What am I to do next? And it became obvious--the EMPTY NEST!

My youngest is leaving for college, and it will just be Brian and me at home. Gosh, our house will be sadly quiet. I have seen so many people do well and so many people not do well during this time that, yes, this was the word that is characterizing all of my decisions and immediate plans! But....I hate the word "empty." It is so void, like nothing is left. Everything is gone. So I decided that the curvy wire around my wrist would simply read, "Nest." Yes. I will still have a nest. A man and grown up kids. And they will probably bring more back to my nest one day! I will love this stage of life and embrace the sweetness of seeing my boys experience what God has planned for their futures. I get the chance to spend time with the man I married and my big lab baby, Gibson!  I can invest in other people more. Nothing that God plans for us is "empty," by the way. He fills. He overflows, and he restores. Too bad my bracelet doesn't come with a little supply of tissues! I'm going to need them next week when I leave boy number two on mountain number two! I'll keep you posted....

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