The phone call came, “Please pray. They are both sick.”
The words brought to mind this post, making it seem like the time to re-post it.
Years ago, in the throes of toddlerhood and probably complaining about the “terrible two’s, someone responded, “Little children, little problems. Big children, big problems.” It really did not help me at that time. I am not sure if it ever has ever helped me, but this I do know –
Motherhood is hard.
It is hard because your heart is never your own again. Not ever.
The little person in your arms owns your heart forever. And they do not even know it. The love you feel for those little ones does not compare to any other love. It is so amazingly fierce.
And that means that your life is not your own either. Not ever.
All that you do is with them in mind …
- Every diaper you change
- Each middle of the night feeding
- The practices and games that you sit through – sometimes cold to the bones
- What about all the homework and school projects you help them with?
- Remember the all nighters when helping them write papers?
- Comforting them through their broken hearts
- The financial sacrifices
- The visits to the ER
- The teeth extractions and braces
- Poison ivy from head to toe LITERALLY
- The deep pain and tears you shed each time you knew they were in pain
Everything becomes about them and for them. No holds barred while your own life seems to be on hold. No career. No education. No job in particular to mention.
All because they are it – the center of your world.
I am here to tell you – it is all worth it! Every. Bit. Of. It.
Our God sees your efforts. He has heard every prayer, those spoken out loud, and those silently said with tears because there could be no words. Our God goes before you and has been behind you. He has followed after you, scooping up the pieces that have been dropped. Somehow, in some way, one day He will make sense of it all.
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles, They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NLT)
Trust Him and find new strength today.
O Lord, help us to never give up or give in to our emotions. Sustain us by Your Presence when the days seem to overwhelm us. Lift us up with strength beyond ourselves, Your strength. Let me see these wearying days as the development of my wings – designed so I may soar above all each day brings. Amen.