Today has been another random day for our family. Do you ever have variables that just pop up out of no where throughout you day? Well, they are frequent occurrences in my life. Most of the time I am able to go with the flow, however by 4:00pm this mommy is pretty much done mentally and emotionally for the day. Like today for example. lol! Sometimes we can find ourselves down, frustrated, overwhelmed, overtired, and wanting a break. Sometimes we feel alone and undervalued. Sometimes we wonder if there is anyone who understands.
While the kids and I were at the doctor’s getting a prescription this afternoon, there was a mom who was fighting (not literally) with her 3 year old son, trying to get him to behave so she could pick up her daughter’s medicine, but he wouldn’t have it. I so wanted to save her from his fits and outbursts. He kept saying, “I don’t like you! I don’t like you!” My heart broke for this mom. Why? Because I have been THAT mom before with unmanageable kids. It is so embarrassing and degrading. She tried her best, but eventually she had to take her kids out without achieving her goal, probably feeling like a failure and wondering how in the world she was going to find the time to get back over there to pick up her daughter’s medicine. Being a mom is a very difficult job at times; so demanding, so draining, so all consuming.
Thankfully, there is a passage in the Bible that I remembered this evening that I wanted to share. I wish I could share it with the mom at the doctors office. I love this chapter in God’s Word because it reminds me I am not alone and that there is a God who loves me unconditionally and knows all about me. I need to place His promise in my heart tonight and maybe you do to. Hope this will be an encouragement to you as well.
“O Lord, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all of my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in – behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, to lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me, ‘ even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You. For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with You!…Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is anything that offends You and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Now, when people or (kids) say to us, “I don’t like you! I don’t like you!” we will remember that God loves us and knows us deeply. What a wonderful promise!! You know what is funny? As I finish writing this blog, my kids have come in arguing and whining about each other. Oh and now there is our dog, Molly. God knows. God knows. What we are going through might feel like it will never end, but God knows and He will get us through it by covering us with His unfailing love.