Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Currently I'm writing this post and I am not in Disneyland, instead I'm with a fussy baby girl on my lap and my two older loves playing Legos and monsters and chasing each other only to stop for a breath and a snack. I have a floor full of cheerios and I can hear the washing machine in the background. Life is beautiful and this is what being 33 looks like for me.
I am currently running my race in life.
As we get closer to Christmas and reflect more and more on the Gospel, I take in what led up to the birth of our Savior. Each person, a Mother, a Father, a Shepherd and many others running their race all in which led them to the Birth of Christ. They were obedient in their roles, not looking at what others were doing and responding to God in a "Can't I just do what they're doing?" I look at the mothers and how they were not handed the typical situation for their children. Mary herself had a response of, "I am the Lord's servant...May your word to me be fulfilled." (Luke 1:38 NIV) This is what motherhood would look like for her. Elizabeth, who was seen as old and barren became pregnant all for God's plan and purpose, this is what becoming a mom looked like for her.
I think of my role, my obedience and where God is leading me, remembering that God uses a Shepherd, he uses a mother, he uses a father, he uses a 33 year old homeschooling mother of 3, a wife and a woman often in need of grace all for his plan and purpose.
Instead of looking at what the other moms, or women my age or families are doing I am pressed in to what God has currently placed in my lap, the cheerios on the floor, the noise in the background and I say "I am the Lord's servant." I will take everything he has given me and try to make it God honoring, knowing that it will lead me to Jesus. I place his word and joy in my heart.
"Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches." -1 Corinthians 7:17 (NIV)