Without guilt. Ready to tackle a new day. Excited about his next project. Fielding requests for his time. Building a name and reputation for himself. With a kiss and a skip in his step, he shut the door behind him to face a world of possibilities and opportunities.
Meanwhile, I changed another diaper, read one more picture book, picked up Legos, refereed arguments, loaded the dishwasher, folded towels, wiped up the juice and prayed I'd have a chance to take a shower.
I stared out the window feeling insignificant, wondering what it would be like to have a real life where people appreciated what you did and told you so, where baby fat didn't live around my hips and spit up never rested on my shoulder. I wished for an answer to the question, "What do you do?"
Every morning my husband left, to the world of grown-ups and ideas and respect, while I wondered if I'd ever have the chance.
Just when I thought I didn't have it in me to do it any more, God showed me this.
It requires much more courage to stand and wait and still not lose heart or lose hope, to submit to the will of God, to give up opportunities for work and leave honors to others, and to be quiet, confident, and rejoicing while the busy multitude goes happily along their way.”
from Streams in the Desert
He told me I had courage. He said to take heart, to trust Him above all odds, knowing He has the best plan. He strengthened me for the task at hand.
Are you feeling trapped in your circumstances, forgotten by God, questioning if you are hearing Him right? Take heart, my friend. Nothing is overlooked by our Lord. No work done in His name is in vain. You show great courage by going in every day, trusting His plan. Your obedience to His call shines brightly.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
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