I know you…..

I was sitting and waiting…. Amongst the other parents, feeling like I had company, like I was a part of a group, but I was sitting alone in my car. I was, like I had many times before, participating in the after school pick up.

While I was keeping a look out for my son to appear, I took a few moments to observe not only other parents, but also the mannerisms and behaviours of the children that were now gathering.
I began to wonder if other mothers were doing what I have done for many years – looking for their child by the way they ‘walk’ towards their lift, as identification, a knowing that this is my child returning ‘home’.
As I said, I have participated in school pick up and child identification in this manner for many years, without giving it much thought till this moment.  With the multitude of children all dressed in the same uniform, this was a unique and easy way for me to ‘see’ my child walking towards the car before being able to see their face, and oh yea, that it would then mean it would be my turn to make the exit from the car park.
How amazing is it that children often display a unique, individual walk that is also easily recognised by those that love and know them. A kind of  link to their family. With no effort of our own we simply carry the ‘genes’ of our family.
Oh, and I have to say, I love these moments as I become very aware of the great sense of pride that I have for my child.
This got me thinking further……
In my ‘walk’ with God, do I openly display mannerisms that make it clear that I am a part of Him? Can others pick me as a family member? Does God have a great sense of pride in me?
Challenging questions for sure, but I really appreciate these precious moments, that not only allow me the blessing of being a part of the school pick up, but to be reminded of one of the simple yet very important things of life.
Right there I gave thanks to God for allowing me to see how I can make a difference simply by walking in life, through my challenges, both the every day mundane type and the deeper more challenging ones, displaying God and in doing so knowing that God as my Father is proud of me.
I am so thankful to be a part of my immediate family, but also the larger family of God!
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