Day Care is a modern invention. And considering where our society is… Thank God for it. BUT shouldn’t we have thought this through before we got to this point?
Okay… I will say something positive: Those ladies I met there this morning were competent, caring, professionals. They have all the bases covered. I have every reason to trust these children to them and no reason not to. I was invited to drop in and check on the kids again “anytime”, which I am grateful for.
But when God designed creation, he did NOT stock it with “competent, caring, professionals” to look after the children. No. He did not invent such a bureaucracy of paper work, insurance policies, checks-n-balances – or professionalism. Instead, God entrusted vulnerable children to LOVING parents.
The fact that I am providing foster care already suggests that something is wrong with God’s plan! (However, I am quick to point out that it’s not God’s plan that is at fault, but our unwillingness to comply!) I would offer this observation: Not only have we strayed from the design of creation, but our “fix” – our “improvements” – move us further away all the time. I mean, despite the wonderful people down there at the Day Care, they are only “necessary” in a world that insists children should be gone from home all day, which is the order of a world that insists parents should be gone from home all day.
And the thing that blows my mind – I mean just stuns me at the core – is how many readers I have here (Christians readers too) who have not ever before, and cannot even now, imagine a world where our lives actually revolve around and are centered at HOME! We have done a fine job of imagining our need to “go to work” (which amounts to leaving home each day), our need to go to school (which mostly means leaving home each day), our desire of growing up and “leaving home” (which is a cultural phenomena) for college or work. And with all this routine abandonment of a “functional” home and family, we wonder why there is so much divorce and “broken homes”!
In reality, our whole culture is homeless. Even those of us paying rent and mortgages! And by far, most of us homeless people are NOT free-loading bums! Most of us are living paycheck-to-paycheck with a lot of stress that keeps taking us further away from home! Those free-loading bums who drop off the edge or fall through the cracks are perhaps a lot closer to the reality, even amid gross addictions, than those of us “sober” working people living in denial!
Anyway, I got in the car to drive back “home” without the kids so that I can clean and prepare myself for work this evening. And as I turned my head to look out the back window as I backed out of my parking spot, I saw two empty car seats where just moments ago sat two precious angels talking to me the whole way there. The silence was deafening. It broke my heart. I wanted to go back in and grab the children, take them HOME and teach them what a HOME really is!
And no matter how good that Day Care center is, it can NEVER do that! (Same goes for Day Shelters.)