This late summer and early fall I've been playing softball (thank you Stacy, as a birthday present she let me on the team)! Mike has made it such a fun family activity each Monday night... he, Brody, and Jocelyn all cheer me on...and I think we all have a pretty good time! One night after the game had gone on longer then normal...the fields had cleared and everything was shutting down. We were about to head to the car when Brody ran out to the fields and started making his way around the bases. He had done this several times in the past. He began on third and headed towards second. After a skip and a trip he took a face plant..."oh" is all I heard and he was back up and running towards first (we know...wrong direction)...suddenly the finale light shut down...and the darkness was overwhelming. I felt a sudden lurch in my heart for Brody...being all alone on that dark field. Mike flipped on his flashlight and I raced out to find him in the darkness...We had been cheering him on from the bleachers....which is a fair distance for a three year old. He hadn't made a sound...I was nervous...I had expected to wrap my arms around him as to comfort our frightened little boy....as I neared...I could see his little body still running...only he wasn't running towards me...he was on his way home...rounding out the third and final base....he was just yards from touching the plate...he made one last face plant into the damp red dirt. I reached down to pick him up...before his feet could even touch the ground, he was off again! Ten steps later...Brody...our brave little man...triumphantly made it home! Hands raised in the air...he jumped up and down...Mike and I cheered so proudly!
What a lesson our tiny warrior taught me...don't stop...even when it seems as though I'm heading in the wrong direction and the light is gone...keep heading home...Brody knew we were still there and so he had nothing to fear...Heavenly Father is still there...shining his "flashlight" and cheering us on...and eventually...even after several "face plants"...we will make it "home!"