In the beautiful season of littles, you feel physically and emotionally spent with nothing more to give. You are busy ALL day caring, nursing, giving, pouring out and at the end of every day you feel that there is hardly anything to show for your days or your nights. You have little to no more energy to do your daily tasks, let alone mentally deal with anything else outside the home as you tread water just trying to survive this season. And no matter how many littles you do have, the hormones and emotions feel like the first time. Every time.
Last night I was reminded of the verse in 1 Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said to Samuel, For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.“. Do you know how ENCOURAGED I was as I sported my mom bun & yoga pants? God SEES me. The real me. He sees us friends, and He sees the love, intention and desires of our hearts. He knows how hard you are trying and He knows that you are saying yes to your very best right where you are. And the others that look on the outside? There is grace. There is love. There is Jesus. And He is faithful to breathe life into dry & weary bones.
When you are spent and have nothing more to give, rest in our Savior dear friend for he lives! He is the life that sustains and revives, He brings rest to the soul and gives us new lives.
It is so beautiful how He graciously meets us right where we are and reminds us that this season we are facing is not something we face alone. Our God, He fights for us as He gives us the faith to stand strong. Though our circumstances may all look differently (you may not be sporting mom buns and spit up) this same truth is for you! He truly created us for good works in Christ Jesus and equips us for those very things. Ann Voskamp refers to parenthood as “Hard Holy Work”. Isn’t that true for most good work that He calls us to? Hard because we are constantly dying to self, Holy because we are doing foot work for His Eternal Kingdom, and work well because, that is exactly what it is. Work: activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Our “Hard Holy Work” is nothing in comparison to what Jesus did on the cross. He knows what it is like to lay down His very life for others. To be poured out with not another drop to give. He knows what it is like to do the hard stuff for His Eternal Kingdom, and since He has endured more than we could ever imagine (and all for OUR sake) He is our Savior who is also the great comforter. Run to Him friend. Mom buns and all, and find rest. For His yolk is easy and His burden truly is light.