Cultivate Courage: Day Six
live in awe of God and who he is
By Laura Zimmerman
READ: Psalm 65:8, Exodus 15:11, Isaiah 66:2, 5
Every year, we put a large garden out at my mom and dad’s house. It’s full of tomatoes and potatoes and peppers, green beans and yellow beans and pumpkins and corn. I love having a freezer and pantry full of homegrown goodness when winter comes around. I don’t love weeding in the heat of summer or trying to hunt for every last green bean on the plant when the bugs are bad and my kids are complaining about having to help. When my back gets tired or my kids get a little too loud, I stand up and stretch and look at the mountains that roll out in front of me. The garden is at the back edge of the property and the view is breathtaking - hundreds of acres of gorgeous, rolling mountains. I pause and take it all in. The work is hard, but the view helps. It refreshes me and gives me what I need to get back to it.
Being a mom is a lot like gardening. There are days of sowing, followed by days and days of waiting for that growth to break through. Then comes the days of careful weeding- getting to the root of bad attitudes, plucking out those negative friendships, and carefully extracting unhealthy patterns we see being formed. The weeding is what gets me every time. It can feel tedious. It is exhausting. It seems, at times, like we’re not getting anywhere. Have you ever felt this way? I certainly have.
Here’s what’s good, though. Our God has given us something beautiful to behold in the middle of the backbreaking and soul-shaking work of parenting. He has given us himself.
“Lord, who is like You among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, revered with praises, performing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11)
When my gaze is lowered too long at the tasks set before me, fear can settle in and the work seems to be too much. But when I lift my gaze to our glorious God, all of these things are put in their right place. Mama, you and I can look up. We need to. We need to allow the work to sit for a bit so we that we can fix our gaze on the giver of true courage and joy. The more we lift our gaze-the more we stand in awe of our great God- the more endurance and courage we have for the work set before us.
“My hand made all these things, and so they all came into being. This is the Lord’s declaration. I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and trembles at My word.” (Isaiah 66:2)
1. Do you feel stuck in the sowing stage or the weeding stage of parenting right now?
2. What are some practical ways you could choose to lift your gaze?
3. If you’re not feeling as weary in this season, what are some ways you could encourage other mamas?