We’ve had a guest at our house for the last three weeks, so we’ve been having some touristy days. Yesterday we went to Carlsbad Caverns. It’s very nice, but it is a challenge since strollers are not allowed, touching is not allowed, and noise frowned upon. Actually my children were quite well behaved under the circumstances, but at the end of the day I was exhausted and feeling a bit of discouragement because they weren’t as well behaved as I would have liked to see. Ditto for the art museum last week.
But I was reminded about a conversation I had with my friend Kelly last week. Our mood at the end of the day is often dependent on whether our children have measured up to our expectations, which if we are honest is how we evaluate whether WE measure up to our expectations as mothers.
As I go to sleep tonight, won’t it be better to meditate on God’s faithfulness and mercy in my life and the lives of my children? When God is my focus, the circumstances in my life dim in the vivid reality of God and His Son Jesus Christ.
Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. II Corinthians 4:14-18