We are on day three of dealing with sick children. Sickness from both ends. Middle of the night vomiting. Dirty sheets, numerous baths, and stained pillows. My washing machine has been running non-stop for three days. One urgent care visit. Antibiotics and painkillers for one child. Only one child attended school today, while five are home with me. Saltines and water bottles adorn the end tables by the couches where the children are camped out. Too much television has been watched. Sleeping around the clock. Crabby and grumpy children fighting over the remote.
In the midst of this we have had church, a surprise birthday party, skiing excursions for some, a Superbowl party attended by some, and hosted a dinner here at our house. Busyness comes in rushes for us. We have been in a very busy season of life, out of my control, for this Queen of No. In fact, tonight we have a band concert for one child and Bible study tomorrow evening.
I am exhausted, but rested. I am overwhelmed, but hopeful. I am worried, but content. I am okay. This may not be the most fun time in my life. Honestly I can think of ten other things I would rather be dealing with right now. However, life goes on it does not stop for a second. Its a joy to be able to serve my family. I know I am where I am supposed to be at this moment in time; a mom and wife who is serving and glorifying God through her life and actions. While I may not have a fabulous career making tons of money or travel for work, I do enjoy the perks that come along with my job. The hours are long, I am constantly on call, and often do not get a lunch break. Yet the pay is sweet and rewards are endless. If you added a monetary value to all the hugs, kisses, and smiles from my children; I’d be a millionaire. I would never trade those quiet moments of reading to them as they sit in my lap. Or time in the kitchen as I attempt to teach them to help prepare our evening meal.
Yes, I get angry and frustrated. I lose my cool and pray for forgiveness. I often get resentful of no quiet time, but these moments are fleeting. They won’t last forever and I am trying to cherish them while they last. One does not have to be a preacher or motivational teacher to glorify God. Wherever you are, whatever you do, you can glorify God with your thoughts and actions. He does not look down you based upon your profession or accomplishments in life. He wants you where you are. He has you where you are for a reason. It is up to you whether you choose to serve and honor Him.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24