My 10 year old son loves to ask me questions like:
Would you rather eat a cat or a dog?
Would you rather clean vomit or poop?
Would you rather get stabbed in the foot or hand?
Whose better, Batman or Spiderman?
A few weeks ago he asked me “If you could be anyone, who would you be?” After a few seconds of thinking I said “That’s easy, I would be me!” With a puzzled look on his face he asked me why I would want to be me if I could be anyone. I smiled and told him being me meant I got to be his mom and I thought that was pretty cool.
I believe God prompted my son to ask me that question that day. You see, I’ve been struggling with my place in this world lately. Questioning if I should be doing more than ‘play’ mom. I’ve been feeling less than everyone else. Feeling as if I need to be contributing more to this world.
In the moment my son asked me the question, I realized being a mom is what I enjoy. Of course I want to continue doing what I enjoy. Anything else that comes along in this lifetime is an extra perk or bonus.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying being a mom is easy or always wonderfully pleasant. It’s usually complete chaos and overly exhausting. That’s what I love most about being a mom. There’s never a dull moment. I would pick being surrounded by my family, filled with chaos and exhausted, over boredom 95% of the time. Not 100% of the time because everyone needs a break from time to time, and I do look forward to those times just as much as being thrown into the thick of it with my crazy weird family. I am the queen of crazy and weird and I am the one who taught them how to be that way.
When I say chaos I don’t mean it in a bad way….usually. I mean everyone needing something at the same time; Five things going on at once. My favorite part about being a mom is having many things to get done and figure out, knowing God has it all covered. I love seeing God work within my chaos. What’s hard is when I forget God is in the middle of it and think I have to do it all on my own.
Praise God for the moments I begin to feel alone or overwhelmed and He steps in to reassure me He is there and He loves me. By a gentle whisper, a song, a friend, a story or even my son. Isn’t it beautiful how God can change our perspective in a matter of seconds? How has God helped you see things differently recently?
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever” John 14:16
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, I thank you for the gift of family; mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children and all our other family members. I pray we always remember they love us. I pray we see them through Your eyes Lord, when it feels difficult to love them, Amen.
* My answers to the above questions: Whichever is smaller; whichever is less runny; hand because I wouldn’t be able to do mommy chores for awhile; neither, Ironman rocks!