Our daughter loves to dance. Every once in a while she asks for one of her favorite CD's (currently it is one with music from a variety of Walt Disney movies) and then jumps up and wants to dance with us. Yesterday she wanted to dance almost the entire evening - and after two CD's I was ready for a break, so I sat down and let her dance by herself. After every song she would run over, grab my hands, and say "Daddy, dance with me." By the end of the night I had danced to the theme from Lion King a number of times and was ready to kick back as she went to bed.
But, instead, I ran out to Culvers for a snack Jennifer and I would share, and on the radio I heard a song, I believe it was by Steven Curtis Chapman, and it had to do with dancing with his daughters. The basic message was, they grow up fast, enjoy the dances, and never put the dances off until tomorrow, because tomorrow they will be grown up - and you may have missed the chance.
Isn't it amazing how God moments pop up when you least expect them!
I started thinking about the things I treasure with our daughter, Jennifer, family, and friends. The blessings are poured out in my life, and sometimes I am just too busy to see them. Has that ever happened to you?
Life is busy. There is always something to do and somewhere to go. But the moments we have now will not necessarily be repeated in the future. We, I, really need to treasure these moments because before I know it, our daughter will be asking permission to go to her first dance, and the three-year-old I swung around the living room will be all grown up. I don't want to miss that chance.
So today, after running around all morning, our daughter asked for the same CD - she wanted to dance. I put the CD on and spun her around the room until dinner. At one point, I sat down for a break, but then was reminded that the chance to dance with her was a special one, and I got back up and we danced more. I am going to dance with her as often as I can. And, I am going to dance more with Jennifer, as long as her toes can handle it:)
I guess my point is - treasure the moments you have with the people around you. We all grow up too fast, and we need to rejoice in what we have been given.