Saturday, September 18, 2010

Verse of the week -- II Corinthians 2:14

My one word description of Motherhood is "constantness." Google the word and aside from the references to physics, it comes up time and again related to motherhood.

Motherhood never quits. Laundry continually accumulates. Kids need to eat on a daily basis. And, eating requires dishwashing, grocery shopping, menu planning, and on and on in a vicious cycle. Homeschooling is a long-term commitment. Character doesn't grow on its own. Moms work around the clock.

It simply never ends, and the rare moment of feeling "caught up" usually is just a passing fad. Sleep merely prolongs the inevitable, another day of demands. And, if you declare a holiday for yourself, it likely just means double, or triple, the work the following day.

Obviously, I enjoy many aspects of mothering as well. The snuggles, the "I wuv oo," the closeness, the discoveries, the relationships, and much more. But, sometimes I get bogged down in the constantness of the work and challenges and forget to consider those aspects.

As I drove to church this weekend, I wallowed in the fact that we would arrive horrifically late once again. Lately that has become the pattern. I am thankful for a church with a long service, otherwise sometimes we would miss half of it. I know this is just a phase with a baby and lots of other insanity, but it still bothers me.

As I fretted, a thought struck me.

One of those God moments. He speak so much more clearly when I come to the end of myself. I bemoaned the constantness of my role, and suddenly realized that the constantness of my life is outmatched by the constantness of God.

Had to be a verse for this, and it ran me over during the service. II Corinthians 2:14 says, "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place."

Through me! As I plod through the piles of dirty clothes and the unfolded baskets of clean ones, through the sinks of dishes and the overcooked meal I prepared, through my failures and chores, my successes and moments, God leads. And, He leads not to weariness, but to TRIUMPH!

I savored the last phrase, and especially the last two words. "Every place." Through my role as mom His aroma wafts into each situation. His knowledge overpowers the drudgery like fabric softener from the dryer vent. The steam escaping from a freshly washed load of dishes has nothing on His fragrance that is unignorable.

He's there. He's always there. His Godness outplays the constantness of life every moment. I just need to look. He's leading the way constantly.

Life has some serious competition, or maybe I need to realize that life is no competition in comparison to my God.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.
~II Corinthians 2:14~

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MommaMindy said...

This is a beautiful blog and so encouraging. I love that in a moment of frustration, the Lord spoke to you.

Not to tell you what to do, or anything, :), but I would love to see you share this blog on a Monday meme I sometimes participate in. I would love to see this encouragement passed on to other moms.

Blessings on your new week ahead!

6intow said...

Thanks, Mindy, for the encouragement. So thankful to hear that this spoke to you as well. I'll definitely check out the meme you mentioned.

Thank you!

momstheword said...

You are so right. Motherhood is 24/7! I love that you said that "character doesn't grow on its own" because that is something we never want to neglect, that's for sure!

Thank you for reminding us that God is a constant in our lives. He is unchanging and we can count on Him each and every moment. He will never fail us.

I gotta tell you that I have been late to church several times myself, and I am the pastor's wife, lol!

I'm so glad that you joined us today at Making Your Home Sing Monday. I hope you'll link up again!

Joyfull said...

Wow! What a powerful encouragment that the constantness of our lives are outmatched by the constantness of God. Motherhood is demanding and you are so right...constant! Thank you for sharing such a powerful verse..through me!! He is able to make us every place. What a great verse to start the week. Thank you for sharing today and being such a blessing and encouragment!

6intow said...

So thankful to pass along the golden nugget that God used to lift me up. Have a triumphant week, everyone. :-)

Amy in Peru said...

I particularly like to notice that there is no mention of how clean our house has to be or how neat the piles of laundry as the measure of triumph!
The emphasis is on being the sweet aroma of knowledge of Christ...

really knowing Him, is so sweet.

sweet reminder.

Oh, that I would be the aroma of Christ around here... a lot less stress, a whole lot more grace ;)

amy in peru

6intow said...

Amy, so true! Triumph in Christ has nothing to do with the external measures on which we so often evaluate our success. Thank you for pointing that out.


Brandi said...

This is lovely, thanks for sharing!

Leah Biek said...

I've got tears in my eyes. Just what I needed to hear. God is so good... so faithful... what would we ever do without Him!?

Anonymous said...

Loved this! I teared up, stopped and just let the verse melt on me. Thanks so much for sharing!