As you read this, you might be having one of those days. Oh you know the ones I mean. You’ve been up since before dawn with baby, walked eyes half closed into the kitchen, just thinking about getting coffee. Looking at the clock, you decided to make the kids breakfast first. “Mommy!” Your toddler is calling from the bathroom. You leave everything half-done and rush to help with toddler’s potty training. “Can you tie my laces?” your preschooler pops in his head, not waiting for his sister to be done. You finish up the toddler, tie the laces and walk back to the kitchen, picking up clothes and toys as you go. You look blankly at the breakfast in progress. As you open the cupboard to get out the cereal, you are wondering: “Why is the milk in the cupboard and not the fridge?!” Rushing through breakfast, getting kids dressed. Finally as the kids walk out the door and you are ready to take that shower you realize you completely forgot about making coffee.
Some days, we just need to hear these words: What you are doing is worthwhile. You are making a difference. And you are appreciated.
Now you may or may not be hearing these words regularly from your family, but whether you are or not, I am here to tell you today that God sees. He sees when you get up before dawn. He sees when you put your family’s needs (and sleep!) above your own. He sees when you work hard. He sees when you cuddle and love even when you’re tired. And, not only does He see, but you put a smile on His face.
My ultimate favourite “mommy” Bible verse is:
“See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
and He rules with a mighty arm.
See, His reward is with him,
and His recompense accompanies him.
He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in His arms
and carries them close to His heart;
He gently leads those that have young.” (Isaiah 40:10-11)
See that! Your reward is with Him. And He gently leads Moms. Isn’t that beautiful?
And the other one that really encourages me at the moment:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Gal 6:9)
So, Mommy, I want to encourage you: Don’t give up. There is a reward for you in store, a beautiful harvest coming. What you are doing is worthwhile, it’s not insignificant, and when again, you hit “one of those” days, keep this mind: God is a God who sees and He will gently lead you on and reward you for your faithfulness!