No doubt about it, motherhood leaves us weary. We know it. We feel it deep in our bones. Jesus came to give us the ultimate rest we need.
I called my husband one day in tears about our child, saying, "I just don't know what to do."
It was a deja vu experience because I had said the same thing with the same tears multiple times since becoming a mother. I guess I assumed that as my children got older I would grow in wisdom and understanding and things would be smoother than they were when everything was all new andconfusing and exhausting—when they were babies, then toddlers, then preschoolers.
But the truth is, I still feel just as helpless as I did the first day I held my oldest son at the hospital.
I don't know about you, but I don’t like feeling helpless; I like knowing what to do in every circumstance. I like to be equipped, prepared, and ready. I like to have plans in place to prevent chaos. I like to control the unexpected. But as I quickly learned, there's no controlling motherhood.
And while I am helpless as a mom, I am never hopeless. Never. And neither are you.
In all our helpless situations, Christ is our hope. He has redeemed us from our sin and given us his righteousness. Through faith in his perfect life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection, he made us right with God.
In our greatest helplessness and in our small daily helplessness, Christ is our hope.
He is sovereign over all things.
He knows all things.
He bears all burdens and hears our every cry.
He works all our circumstances together for our ultimate good.
He is our comfort, our peace, and our rest.
So, moms, yes we are helpless. But in Christ we are never hopeless.
Today I'm reminded of how far I am from being a good mother, a good friend, a good wife / sister / daughter / church member / volunteer – a good anything! I feel split in two, like I live in the in-between. I want to do better, oh how I long to do better. But the needs keep coming at me and I fail over and over again. I just can't seem to get it together.
At times, it can feel pretty bleak. Why can I not live out what I know, I know? If I have Christ, why do I sometimes feel lost? If I know his promises are true, why do I act like they don't exist?
But my friend, your feelings of insecurity and need are important and they are real. Don't just ignore them! You ARE struggling and failing in your own attempts to be and do everything right for your kids. Don't gloss over your need for help and release from this incredible burden, because there is someone waiting to welcome you into His arms.