A friend from church who has been where I am in a season of mothering small children said something last week that struck me: “Don’t despise the mundane.”
She wasn’t talking about parenting, rather a lesson she learned while on a mission trip. But I felt like she was speaking to me.
Sometimes I get annoyed with things that don’t really matter. Like piles of papers that need homes. Or typos and misspellings on an advertisement. Or the way somebody wants to do something I think I can do better. Or the messy kitchen counter tops. In the moment, I make these things matter too much. Really, things like these aren’t worth my over-investment of emotion.
See, while I’m getting stressed over something silly, God is working. He’s working when I wash and fold another mound of laundry. He’s working when I clean the kitchen — again. He’s working when I grocery shop with my two kids in tow.
I may not always see it, but God is working while I’m mothering, and keeping my family’s calendar, and talking to my husband, and running errands. Sometimes I miss this truth while I’m in the moment, but I believe it. He’s worked faithfully before, and He’ll do so again. And again.
The mundane is real life, but it’s not all life is. God calls me to trust him with everything — my marriage, my children, my laundry, my dreams — because he’s begun a mighty work. And it’s not over yet. In fact, some of it is only beginning.
So I need to dive in. Let go. And let God work, transforming what may seem mundane into something meaningful.
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