A lovely Catholic blogger, Colleen Duggan, wrote a beautiful and timely post, “How to Manage Family Life and Writing…Or Not.” Today would fall under the “Or Not” category for me. On days like this I am reminded of our Lord’s words to St. Peter, “Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (John 21:18)
From the moment most mothers wake up, our hands start stretching…to pick up a baby, make a bowl of cereal, braid hair, tie shoes, write a check, sign a permission slip, pack a lunch, pat a back, make a to go cup of coffee for our man, feed a dog, throw in a load of clothing, hold a steering wheel… Our days are filled with others grabbing our apron strings, the hem of our skirts, our belt or our hair. And all of those people holding on is a good thing, it’s called our vocation. And all of those places we are taken are good places, we are to be the feet of Christ. But just because something or somewhere is good does not mean we want to go there all the time.
Some days we just want to sit and do anything–something–nothing. Some days we want to reflect and write about Matthew 11 before eight o’clock at night.
Blogging/photography are important to me, but damn the baby has a poopy diaper and Patrick is out of clean underwear and I don’t know what we’re having for dinner and have you ever had to deal with seven hangry people? Not fun…guess that post will have to wait…
This careful balance of working when I can and spending the remaining time caring for my children (which, let’s face it, is MOST of my time) is not unproductive.
Rather, the constant invitation to serve others over doing what I want is planting seeds for something even greater.
And momma nailed it! So here I am, eight o’clock at night…still planting after a long day, only in a different field…until the other fields need my care and attention.
POWERfule Bible Journaling: Matthew 11
P –You are so good. Even in the ordinary, everyday. I don’t want to miss you in the day in–day out. Please help me practice being in Your presence always.
O –Jesus gave Himself freely, but that does not mean our freedom is free, as the saying goes. He really gives what for to the unrepentant cities! I do not want to be like an unrepentant city.
W —vs 29…Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
E –You know what Lord? I cannot imagine one of the characteristics of a gentle and humble hearted person following You is eye rolling and sighing…ahem. When I come grab Your yoke with a prideful “can do” attitude, it’s not so easy and light and there definitely is no rest.
R –Philippians 4:13 does not state, “I can do all things by myself or because I am a Christian.” It states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I need You to be the filter I go through before and in order to get anything accomplished; living out my vocation, all for Your glory.
Please share your POWERful reflections in the comments.