I readied myself for what I guessed I had coming. I was tired, weary, and so far behind ... in pretty much everything. House, crafts, cooking, laundry, and love. Never enough and not good enough.
Here I was 7 months pregnant with several other very young children at home. And I just couldn't seem to pull it together.
So I hesitantly approached this seasoned mother -- the godly woman and lovely example that she was -- to receive the admonition I was sure I deserved.
Waiting for my Get it together and Get tough and Get going. Yes, I had it coming...
But her actual words surprised me.
Gentleness. That's what you need, dear mom, gentleness.
Her answer was so unexpected that I didn't know quite what to make of it.
Then she softly explained, "He gently leads those with young. If you're a mom with young children, He desires gentleness for you."
"He will tend his flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in his arms; He will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." (Isaiah 40:11)
Isn't that beautiful to know? That our God doesn't want us running around until we drop. He doesn't desire for us to take on more and more until we can hardly see straight. We were not meant to buckle up our little one in his car seat, unbuckle, and then buckle up again. Over and over. Running to this meeting and that appointment. Pressures everywhere we turn.
Slow down, dear mom.