The average woman spends 2.2 hours per day on chores, washes 5,300 articles of clothing in a year, and changes 7,300 diapers per child. That alone takes up 2 minutes and 5 seconds per diaper change, adding up to three 40-hour work weeks each year. There are more than 2 billion—yes billion—moms in the world. And we average two kids a piece.
I don’t have to tell you these things—you live it!
But, when you’re in the throes, it’s sometimes hard to keep a handle on the big picture isn’t it? To see how all of this madness matters. I mean a diaper pail full of dirties doesn’t look like much of an accomplishment. Neither does a book bag full of completed homework. Or, a dance bag full of dirty clothes.
But, it all matters, Mama. Infinitely.
Whether you are new to motherhood, or waiting for motherhood; new to a career, or waiting on a career; new to a calling on your life, or waiting to discover the calling for your life, let me encourage you:
The hardest thing to remember as a mom struggling to keep it all together is that life never gets in the way. Life is the way.
In the struggle to serve Him well, we must remember that it is a process. And a process takes time. During the times that we feel insignificant, unusable, and the most ineffective, be sure that God is at work. In fact, during these times of our lives, we are the easiest to mold. A softer clay. The times that God may work the most radical changes He may ever make in your life.
Motherhood is hard because we are stretched beyond any measuring stick we’ve ever used. There is no pause button. No, “oh, but I need to just”. It’s all live, all the time. And you swim and swim because you have to. But those muscles you learn to use (even beyond your own will to) build an endurance in you that prepares you for bigger things. So that when the moment is right, and God has readied you, He will pull you out of His pocket and—wham!—use you in a way that you didn’t even see coming.
Much like the story of Isaiah. I love his testimony in Isaiah 49:1. He knew that God’s work in his life was something that God had planned, not him. He knew that there was a special calling on his life. But, he had to be made “fit” before he could serve.
“Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the LORD called me;
from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
and concealed me in his quiver.”
Isaiah knew that God’s work began in him before he was born. God “hid” him, protected him, as He worked to refine him into an object that he could use. Then, he concealed Isaiah in his quiver until it was time for him to be utilized.
You too, must be sharpened, polished, and ready to serve before God can use you. When you get right down to it, you have no power in it. Truly. I’m sorry. And I hate to hear it myself. But, it’s true. It’s all God. All in His time. Not, unfortunately, yours.
But, the wonderful thing about that is that you have no power in it. Truly. It’s wonderful. It’s all God. All in His time. Not yours. So, go with the flow, Mama. Bend and mold to the hands that are working in your life. You will be incredibly amazed, and incredibly blessed with where they lead. Rest there. Live there. Worship there.