Children...The Beautiful Inconvenience.
Written by Claire McCann
Any of you mom's ever feel like you have ZERO control over your schedule?! Like the countless interruptions from children or the demands of life are robbing something from you spiritually?
The 100th time in a day you try to read your Bible and still cannot because of ANOTHER poop diaper, the other children are squabbling and in need of correction while the food is boiling over and clothes have been dried to a crisp!
The times of making a phone call, fully completing a thought, taking a shower or even going to pee become dictated by these other little people. And by the time they go to bed your so wiped that you can't move to do them then either!
Have you considered that Jesus is so graciously using these moments to help us actually live out the gospel in daily life? Maybe the ordinary things of life are not getting in the way of your pursuit of Jesus but are the exact means He wants to use to transform you into His image.
I've felt especially discouraged in the completely exhausted moments when I most need to hear from God and it feels impossible because I'm too distracted by those lovely, loud inconveniences and have no brain space left to work with.
Literally, I often take my Bible out to read and simultaneously smell the scent of an awful public bathroom coming from my son's diaper....Or when I start listening to a podcast and cannot get through one minute because the sound of children fighting and the following correction for it kills those few moments when I could have heard from God.
Through the lenses of grace we can see these inconveniences in our pursuit of Jesus instead as OPPORTUNITIES to live out the gospel! I can be confident in this season of constant interruptions that God has chosen this as the means for me to be transformed into His image! We carve out time to read, pray, listen to podcasts, etc but at the end of the day, our lives are not out own.
I have a choice.... YOU have a choice.....
Will I choose to lay down my convenience JOYFULLY or RESENTFULLY??? Will I gladly embrace the countless interruptions and fight to carve out time in a different moment instead? Will I fight the feelings of guilt and insecurity that come when I feel like I'm not measuring up to what I think a Christian mom ought to look like in my dire pursuit of knowing the Lord?
Fight to know the Lord and make time to pursue Him but when the interruptions come (and they will!) look past them to the deeper thing God is doing in you as you purposefully lay down your life for your family. A life of dying to yourself is not a wasted life but the most influential one.