We have finished bottling peaches for the year, and one lesson learned was such a fabulous observation, I am still smiling (and thinking). As we taught my two oldest grandsons to peel the ripe peaches and put them in the jars, the nine-year-old remarked, “It goes more quickly if I go slowly….”. He was referring to the reality that peach skin will rip (rather than peel) more easily if you pull quickly, or are in a hurry. He’s right….and not just about peaches.
For him, it held lessons about slowing down in order to complete his math more precisely, or learning to take care with his penmanship so that it only takes one effort to be done. I’m sure we’ll be referring back to it for other lessons as well.
For the adults, it is continuing to teach us to remember to take time to slow down. Children learn more quickly when we are patient. Jobs get done more satisfactorily when we slow down and think things through.
And for Grandma. Slow down. Accept what you’re given with grace and gratitude. Stop waiting for what may never be. The Lord’s timing is perfect.
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10