I was recently reminded that life comes in chapters. Some chapters much longer than others. The discipline my soul needs is to have vision in this chapter- namely early motherhood with a husband serving at a church while working full-time and continuing his education. I love life here and now, but it is easy to get jaded and distance one’s mind from the magnitude of God’s Name being glorified in every aspect of life.
Child-rearing is a marvelous act of worship. John Piper recently brought these verses to mind as I was listening to him while washing dishes:
Mark 9:36-37 “And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
Norah, the baby in my belly, and the little boy I watch twice a week are sweet gifts, and I’m glad to spend myself taking care of them. As I receive them I am receiving my Creator! What an astonishing reality! That makes diapers and spitting babies a glorious task instead of mundane. That makes sleeplessness worth it. That makes personal Bible intake and meditation an absolute necessity.
I’m finding that children are a grand investment and they take a lifetime of investing.
Concerning Josh, I’m reminded that we are one flesh. Though I may feel withdrawn from serving in the church or with people in the community, I am freeing him to do so. And not only that, his significance in the church is also my significance. I can gladly serve knowing that by creating a peaceful and quiet home I am releasing him to serve all the more.
Just a few thoughts on being a wifey and mother.