Motherhood is not something that the Lord takes lightly. In fact, it is a calling he places on the lives of some women. God entrusts into your care a life, a future, a piece of what the world will become. Did you read that… you are trusted with a small piece of the future of the world! What a weighty responsibility!!
The beauty of it is… it is not your responsibility alone. The Lord entrusted you with these children and yet, He never leaves you on your own. He equips you and supports you throughout the entire process.
In God’s plan, the family provides a secure and loving framework in which to nourish a child- emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and physically.
Let’s look at Christ’s example with the disciples. He is the Good Shepherd. He is invested in this motley crew to the point of laying down his life for them. Jesus did not tuck tail and run at the first sign of danger. He faced it head on. A hired hand on a farm is not as invested as the owner of the herd. The hired hands may care, but it is a shallow concern. They will run and abandon the herd at the howl of a wolf. The owner… the one invested in what he has cultivated will stand between his sheep and the wolves. His concern is not shallow.
We have people in our lives that we trust to care for our children… but no one is as invested as you and your husband. No one cares for your children they way you do.
Family is a primary ministry. It should not be a frustration on obstacle to “real ministry.” What, after all, is more hands on, in your face, messy and rewarding than parenting. It is a 24/7 call.
I have a tendency to dream about what life will be like after kids… the trips I might take, the missions work I may do, the volunteering I might do at church or in the community. I have to watch out that I don’t daydream away the ministry that lies before me. This piece of what the world will become. This calling that God has placed on my life. Susannah Wesley (the mother of famous theologian John Wesley) once said something to the effect of… I’m a mom and for the next 20 or so years, this is what I do.
When you are a parent, you are not putting your life on hold for a time to raise your children. You are fulfilling a noble work.