God Gets Mums

We’ve all heard it — us mums — the complaints, the accusations, the whining. “It’s not fair!” “You never let me do anything!” “I want it now!” It is so frustrating at times. We wonder if our children will ever learn to be grateful and obedient. We wonder how long we have to put up with the disrespect and ignorance of all we do for them.

Did you know that God understands those frustrations? Yes, He does. Because, He has children, too. Children who were probably far worse than yours or mine.

God rescued His children from slavery amidst an amazing show of His power. Plague after plague was visited upon the Egyptians while the Israelites were unaffected. Then, He helped them escape through the dry bed of a sea, with a wall of water to the left and a wall of water to the right. Wow! They had His presence with them wherever they went, in the symbol of a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Awesome! He brought them water from a rock. He gave them manna from heaven every day.

And what did they do? They complained. They whined. They wanted to go back to Egypt where life was easier (hello, did they forget the back-breaking labour??). They wanted meat. Something different to eat. “We’re sick of this manna!”

So, what did God say? Did He pat them on the head and say, “Oh, yes my children, I understand. Here’s some meat, you poor little ones.” No! He was frustrated and annoyed, just like we are when our kids whinge.

God said, “Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it.” [Numbers 11;18-20 NIV] (emphasis mine)

I love this! Read it with some emphasis and increasing volume and it sounds just like ourselves when we’re fed up. “Have it your way! But you will suffer the consequences!”

So, all you mums out there. I just wanted to encourage you today, God understands the frustrations of parenting. He’s been there and done that. And He will be the first one to tell you all the frustration is worth it in the end. Press on. Love your kids. They WILL grow up to be wonderful adults. Amen?

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Published in: on 15th May, 2012 at 3:23 pm  Comments (6)  
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Safe Hands

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” [Proverbs 3:5 NIV]

Photo by Antonio Jiménez Alonso

Many of us (particularly in Australia) are sending our children back to school this week. I don’t know about you, but this year seems harder than most. One of my children is entering high school for the first time, a whole new world for her. Another of my children has been struggling with facing her middle years at primary school.

As a mother, it is easy to worry. I worry about them making good friends, about whether they’re being influencers or followers. I worry about how others will treat them. I worry about them settling in and enjoying their year. I’m not always confident about leaving them to the care of others. If I ‘lean on my own understanding’, I could be a mess, and I think my kids would pick up on that and in turn it would increase their own levels of anxiety.

So, what do I do? I repeatedly hand them over to my Father in heaven, who knows what’s best for them, and has them in his eyesight twenty-four seven. I can trust them to Him. They are safe in His arms.

I am reminded of a favourite movie of mine, called “A Hazard of Hearts”. The heroine discovers all the dark secrets of the hero’s family, and he finds out she knows. He takes her hand in his. “Such small hands to hold the honour of Mandrake,” he comments while brushing his thumb over her hand. “They’re safe hands,” is her reply.

Although we cannot see the Lord, He has very big hands. The bible does say He holds us in His hands (see Ps 19:10). Even though we cannot see His hands, or even feel them, they are safe hands.

So, today, I choose to put my family in His hands. How about you?

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” [Psalm 55:22 NIV]

Published in: on 31st January, 2012 at 6:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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