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“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:19

Well, it’s official.  I’m a parent.

There is now a baby gate at the top of the stairs.

It’s funny how things like that, more than toys all over the floor, say to me, “A baby lives here.”  Maybe because it’s a semi-permanent fixture (at least the one my parents put up for me yesterday is).  Or maybe it’s because it’s an unavoidable, physical object that has now become part of my everyday life.

Whatever it is, the baby gate reminds me that there are things in my house that aren’t dangerous to me, but they are dangerous to my little boy.  Yes, it’s possible that I might fall down the stairs.  However, it’s very unlikely that my falling would be a result of crawling to the top and not expecting gravity to take me to the bottom.  However, since my son is just learning to explore his house on his own, the stairs pose a danger to him.  He’s too little to catch himself and too small to navigate going up or down stairs on his own.

It’s an interesting journey for me, trying to look at all the things around me and figuring out which ones will be potentially trouble for a very busy little boy.  I’m sure I will miss things, but I know that I’m going to do my best to keep him safe.  When I think about how much I do to take care of my son and his surroundings, it makes me deeply appreciative for all that God does for me, too.  Giving me His Word as His guidebook for living means I have something tangible to turn to when life gets tricky.  But also, I know that there are things that He is protecting me from and taking care of behind the scenes that I never even see.