Five Minute Friday is a weekly writing challenge and linkup, where you write for 5 minutes on a designated word.   Every so often, I find myself with some writing time on Friday and plan to take this challenge.  When I have done this I find that my 5 minutes of writing tends to reflect something that is going on in my life or my general reflections.  So I share these short posts with this in mind – this is simply my immediate thoughts when I read this word today.

 

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: Open

 

open doors

 

 

Today we said goodbye to Joshua – my eldest.  He has been accepted for a 3 month internship in Public Policy in Canberra.  We don’t know if he’ll be back or not – maybe he’ll be back just to pick up his stuff!

 

But this is an OPEN door – and in all honesty I pray for other doors to open for him as the three months come to a close.

 

This is a season in our family life where we are going through much change.  Our adult children are finishing studies, working full time, travelling, taking on new challenges.  And each opportunity is an open door for them.  An answer to our prayers over the years.

 

Stepping through open doors can be a scary thing – at times different children have had different emotions about the new things opening in front of them – but it can also be an exciting time.  New adventures, new challenges and new growth.

 

Open doors often have a degree of uncertainty with them.  You can see so far, but not completely around the corner.  What you can see looks inviting, looks exciting, looks like an adventure.  My prayer for Josh, and for all my children as they start new ventures this year, is that they embrace the adventure, stay in touch with people who care for them, make new friends, learn new skills and always, always trust God beyond what they can see or understand.

 

Often when people step through an open door there are still people left in the room – that room is a good thing for them at this point.  The open door isn’t for them.  This is where the rest of the family, and in particular, Peter and I, the parents, find ourselves.  As we farewell Josh we are confronted with the idea that he is leaving and we are not.

 

And I’m okay with that.  As a parent this is the day that we’ve worked toward – to teach and train and guide him so that he can take on adult responsibilities, with diligence, skill and wisdom.  He is ready to walk through this open door!

 

and that is my 5 minutes up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd just so you know… I did have a teary moment during the day!

 

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