“Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
We Go Through Seasons
While I was struggling to console my particularly needy baby and simultaneously wrangling my run away toddler, a mentor of mine whispered in my ear – “Seasons. We go through seasons.” That phrase became my mantra for parenting and eventually my mantra for all of life’s ups and downs. We go through seasons and they don’t last forever.
Let Go and Love
You won’t always be banished to the couch nursing an otherwise inconsolable child as a mountain of laundry grows around you, the dishes from yesterday sit in the sink, and your preschooler finds and eats half a block of cheese for lunch. This is a season. It doesn’t last forever. Dishes and laundry really can wait and anyone that criticizes the mess condemns themselves for not quietly offering to help. Just love the baby and let the toddler eat a less than ideal lunch. It will be okay. This is just a season.
It Pays Off
Seasons go by faster than you think. And, its not all for nothing. The returns are pretty awesome. My once needy baby just graduated from homeschool and is the thoughtful person responsible for the “love you” note pictured above. She loves deeply and sincerely and gives freely and cheerfully. The cheese eating toddler is twenty-one. Guess what? I can’t think of a more fearless independent capable young woman. Mama, hang in there. You are only one person and God knows that. He will work things out for good.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Even School Can Survive a Season
My homeschool graduates were eight and eleven when their next sibling was born. They went through a season of being third in line to mom. Shortly after the arrival of the new baby, we spent several months in and out of town helping care for a sick relative. Despite days and often weeks when school didn’t go as planned, they both still graduated with no limits to their future plans. Mama, don’t be discouraged by a season. Its just one of many seasons. No plan of His can be stopped – not even by laundry, dirty dishes, needy babies, or incomplete school work. God is bigger and better than our temporary seasons.
I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2