If I asked you “How are you?,” how would you answer?
Would you tell me you are good, summer was good, but busy? Would you tell me how prepared you are for school to start again or would you tell me how you are so not ready for that? No judgement, I’m just curious.
I’ll say in our house we have had a good but long and fairly stressful summer as Daddy has not been here and I’ve been keeping the ship afloat by myself. We’ve made it, we’ve had a good summer, made some great memories, and had a lot of fun, and yeah, I’m a bit weary.
I could spend a few days alone at the beach with a hotel room and cable TV and maybe even room service. By the way, my hat is totally off to all of the full time single mamas raising kids on their own without the benefit of a husband and a paycheck. My summer has been hard, but I never had to worry about the bills getting paid.
I’m tired. I know lots of people are tired. I suspect you are tired. But what do we do when life seems to be beating us down? What do you do when there are too many jobs to do this week let alone today?
Where do you go when school starts next week, the supplies are still on the shelf in the store instead of the shelf in your closet, the kids need new shoes, it’s hot as blazes outside, you still need to do school physicals, etc.? It’s enough to make any mother a bit stressed.
It all reminds me of the Israelites in the desert. They had been walking for years. There is sand in their shoes. Sand in their hair. The sand is hot. No iced tea to cool them, no freeze pops for the kids. No soft beds, no air conditioning. They are weary. Then God pronounced judgement and condemnation on the people in the group who didn’t follow His ways. Great. Nothing like kicking the dog while it’s down, right?
But notice this: even as God condemns the ones who didn’t obey Him, He promised to love them like a mother loves her children. “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you. (Isaiah 66:13)”
You know those days when your kids have been totally disobedient to you and you’re mad as all get out and you just want to yell and scream and maybe cry – but somehow you choose instead to hug your child and tell him that you love him? God is like that. He hates it when we sin. He gets mad when we disobey. But He loves us just the same and His love for us will never go away.
Mamas, I know this is a busy time of year. Some of you have already sent your kids off to school. I suspect some of you are weary from the summer or just from life. But I submit to you this:
God loves you more than you can imagine. He wants to hold you, love on you, encourage and support you.
He wants a relationship with you. I urge you to turn to Him.
Share what is on you heart and mind and let Him comfort you just as you comfort your children. It is one of His greatest pleasures.
We all have days when we need a king size dose of the Holy Spirit, of Holy Spirit energy to get through the day. Keep in mind that God knows that, and He’s got more than enough love and energy to go around. Lean on Him, and let Him carry you through those tough days.