It seems like as we navigate this beautiful, intricate motherhood challenge that we’ve been given by the Lord, we will be tempted to look at others and see only one of these three pictures. We will either think that they always have it “all put together!” like picture number one, or “ok, they aren’t perfect, but hey! The kids are dressed and not screaming! and look! MAKEUP!”, or “THEIR LIFE IS A WRECK! do you SEE the toddler on her tiptoes on that car!”
Truth be told, most of us live each of the above pictures, depending on the time of the day, how many children we have been blessed with, if our husband left for work 5 minutes ago or 30 days ago, and whether the coffee maker worked that morning or not.
Living in Peru has helped me grow in the area of doing what I do for the glory of God, and NOT for the purpose of impressing others. Living a lifestyle of hospitality, on different days and at different times throughout the week, has guaranteed that my life is not completely in order when people show up, and also that it does not stay in order throughout their visit (Like the day that both girls screamed pretty much the entire 2 hours that the cell group was meeting out in the living room). What has been so beautiful about learning this hard lesson is seeing how much love people us for US and not for what our home looks like or whether Jane’s clothes are completely clean after playing with play dough and eating yogurt (not at the same time). It has deepened my relationship with various friends because I have been able to relax, to let them into my life as it is, and not try to be a magazine wife and mother that I cannot be 24/7.
The Lord has given us a task in Psalm 37:3 “Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.” Cultivation and growing a crop of faithfulness is NOT always a picture-perfect process. There is the tilling of the ground, the mixing in of fertilizer, the weeding, and the way the field looks when it’s being harvested (with all the different pieces flying all over the place). BUT, in the process of all this, there ARE absolutely refreshing and beautiful parts as well. The way the field looks when all those tilled rows are beautifully straight, the smell of the freshly-turned earth, the tiny green sprouts that pop up after a time, the golden hue of wheat (if its a wheat field) when its ripe, and the neatly tied bundles after the harvest.
And that is, in essence, the walk of motherhood. Messy at times and absolutely beautiful at other times. Put together? PRICELESS.
Enjoy each picture of your life. Each stage of the day, of the week, of the month, of the year.
“Trust in the Lord and do good.” He will grow us, He will lift us up, He will reward, and He will give us a harvest to put to shame all the harvests of the world.