As a wife, homemaker, church volunteer and working mama of four young kids in the midst of school and extra-curricular activities, it can be tempting to wear busyness and overwhelmedness as a badge of honor. When you hear “you must have your hands full” nearly every day, it’s easy to start wallowing in the never-ending to do lists and piles of laundry. Kind of like that time I did here.
Yep, I really wrote that.
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not that parenting isn’t hard. It certainly is.
The problem is when we put a period at the end of that story as if hopelessness is all there is to it. I was reminded of this recently while talking to a coworker about my picky eaters at home. With every idea my coworker suggested for getting my kids to eat more, I had a reason for why it wouldn’t work. After a few rounds of this, I remembered the friend who prays specific prayers for her daughters to eat healthy foods and have open minds to new meals. Why? Because she realizes that although getting her kids to eat seems like an insurmountable task for her, God has the ability to turn the situation completely around.
While hearing other parents talk about their picky eaters made our situation at home feel normal, I saw how I let this sense of normalcy (every kid is doing it) allow me to settle for less than God’s best for my family. Even in this small situation, I was missing out on a valuable piece of the parenting journey–inviting God to fill in the gaps and shortfalls of what I’m unable to do on my own.
Instead of settling for average or, at worst, defeat, we have a God who can take the smallest and even the most difficult parenting situation, replace what we see as a period and add a comma to turn the situation completely around.
God can and God will.