This life. Oh man, this life. Somedays I can’t get enough. The sun is shining, Daniel and I are gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes while the kids are playing sweetly with each other, frolicking in the yard, obeying the first time, smiling in pictures, eating their food, and thanking me for it, and before bedtime keep wanting to “arise and call me blessed.” Laundry is done and tucked neatly into drawers and the next morning we all get up, hold hands and sing a rousing rendition of Kum–ba-yah before breakfast. Ahhh…
Then there are the other 364 days of the year…Daniel and are glaring at each other as the kids fight over who gets to turn a light on in the dining room. One is screaming and in full fledge attack mode and the other is crying while milk is sloshing out of the cup she’s holding as the wrestling match progresses toward the switch. My back hurts. The other child is ignoring my requests for help to get ready for dinner but manages to eek out a complaint about what we’re having. REALLY?! And dinner is overdone and the garlic toast is now a large black crouton. And all the while in the back of my mind I have a bajillion things to do and exactly 30 seconds to get it all done. Laundry is the size of Mt Kilimanjaro and the kids are sleeping on grease spots, I’m sure, since I can’t remember the last time I changed the sheets. The renters of a house we wish we had never bought call to let us know the AC isn’t working…again. Great! That’s always a cheap fix! And the stress builds. I feel defeated.
It’s life. It’s the ups and downs. It’s the thrill of watching your child succeed and the devastation of feeling like your marriage is falling apart. And sometimes it feels more like there is no end in sight and we can’t catch a break. Stress exponentially increases when there are circumstances are out of our control. And what can I do?
Second Corinthians 1:22 says, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” We have the Spirit with us! He is our guide. God did not leave us all alone to figure this out! And we all know his fruit, right? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22) All these things the Spirit can produce in us. While I wish one was “a stink eye that could stop all children in their tracks” I think the Spirit provides for us just what we need in this life. ☺ But this promise is true. These things are attainable.
In Ephesians 1 Paul says, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably GREAT POWER for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead…”
Whaaa? Doesn’t it feel like that’s the power we need on the worst days? And it’s ours for the taking!! How can I think it’s up to me to survive this world alone? God never expected me to. He has graciously given us a piece of himself to be with us always. And that Spirit in us, if it can raise the dead, can give us hope and his fruit in the midst of life’s largest crisis.
You are not alone. Facebook is fake. Everyone is hurting. And to everyone God is stretching out his hand and offering this Spirit. He is so good. Take it.