There are those moments when I get caught up in the minutia of motherhood. I don’t have them often, but I do have days when it seems that wiping noses, preparing meals and washing clothes will never come to an end. I love my family. I love being a wife and a mother. Next to Christ redeeming me, getting married and having children are my greatest joys in life. If I allow my perspective to get too drawn to my daily routines and duties within my home, it’s easy for me to forget that there is more ahead for me. There is something around the bend.
One day, Lord willing, my children will be all grown up. Their dependency on me and their dad will not be as great. They may have spouses of their own who will bear the responsibility of caring for them. Gone will be the days of curling up on the couch to read stories. My ears won’t hear the repetitive questioning of “Mommy, what’s for breakfast?” (and lunch...and dinner) There will be no more little hands knocking on the door in the middle of the night because they need something. Life will be very different years from now.
I don’t know what’s around the bend for me or our children, but God’s word has given me much confidence and a ton of reminders of that help me keep the right perspective:
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from him.” (Prov 22:6)
Around the bend, I see my children walking in the same faith that their father and I do.
“In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.” (Prov 14:26)
Around the bend, I am confident that the Lord will always protect my children.
“The righteous who walks in his integrity -- blessed are his children after him!” (Prov 20:7)
Around the bend, I see children who can trust their futures to a God who knows all.
Are you feeling like you can’t see beyond the pile of dishes in the sink or the mound of dirty clothes piled in your laundry room? Allow the Lord to help you change your perspective. There is something more ahead. We may not know the outcome of our parenting and all we invest into our children’s lives, but we can trust God’s word. My prayer is that we all have faith that truly trusts in the “evidence of things not seen.” No matter what’s around the bend, God is with us all the way.