The expiration date said June 25th. I have never had to notice this part of the orange juice carton, that is, until now. My 24 year old son, who loves orange juice so much that he drinks a large glass of it every morning on his way to work, married his beautiful bride on June 3rd. That was 4 weeks ago, and I have to throw away something because he no longer lives here; this is no longer the place he calls home. I couldn’t be more thrilled, yet why am I crying?
I have prayed for years that my children would grow up to love the Lord and to love the local church. They do! I have prayed that they would love being a part of our family and call us not only their parents, but their friends. They do! I have prayed for the day to see them fall in love and marry their best friend. Two of them have!
So, why am I crying over spoiled orange juice?
The answer is obvious, because I have loved being a mother of a house full of little children, and those days are over. I loved being a mom of teenagers full of life and activity, and that season is over. Now that my three children are in their twenties, I love watching God reveal His plan for their lives. He will be faithful now as He has been faithful in the past.
I am learning that God has many surprises for me throughout my lifetime. Some I’ve anticipated and others were unexpected blessings. Whether I realize it or not, God is at work in every moment of every day. Change is hard, but change is so good! It pushes me out of my normal routines and makes me embrace something new. He used a carton of orange juice to remind me of what used to be.
Suddenly, I have an overwhelming desire to go to Publix and be different – I think I’ll buy some Pomegranate juice I hear it’s good for you, and it just so happens that my youngest daughter, who still lives at home, really loves it! 🙂