Hello Mom Friend,
I know you, of all people, will understand this story. Monday night, it happened—one of those situations we dread as moms. It was on my top ten list of things I hoped would never occur, along with things like a child falling down the stairs or needing stitches.
Through a series of unfortunate events, a pot of boiling water overturned and spilled on my one-year-old son, Jackson. Don’t panic, he is okay! The ER compared his injury to a bad sunburn. He’s going to be fine, and truthfully, he doesn’t seem to be bothered by it, at all. Jackson’s mom, dad, and big sister are probably more traumatized. This scary situation taught me two important lessons (beyond some additional babyproofing that needs to take place) I would like to share with you.
First, I see a picture of our complete and utter dependence on the Lord.
Jackson was 100% dependent on me in this situation. The only thing he could do was cry out. That’s it. In a moment, I scooped him up and ran to the kitchen sink and started pouring cold water on his head, arms, legs, and any other body part I could get under the water. When it became clear the sink wasn’t cutting it, we sprinted upstairs to the tub. Jackson screamed with every scoop of cold water I poured on him, but there was no doubt in my mind that’s exactly what he needed. I climbed in the tub and held him as he sobbed and we continued dousing him in cold water. Shortly thereafter, we headed to the ER to get medical attention. Again, despite his protests during the exam, there was no question it was necessary.
Maybe you are in a situation where life has brought on extra challenges, a situation where you are powerless, except to cry out to the Lord. Just like Jackson had no choice but to trust his momma, trust in Him. Maybe you are getting doused with some major metaphorical cold water right now, and as uncomfortable as it is, God is holding you in His arms. He knows what you need and what will be best for your life.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Secondly, I am reminded again how much of a gift each day is.
We celebrate moms like you this weekend for your daily sacrifice, all those sleepless nights, the spit-up, the dirty diapers, the tantrums, the constant “what’s for dinner?”, the guilt, the decisions, the potty training, and so on. The celebration on Mother’s Day is well earned. Can I get an amen?
But as I look at my two little sweeties, who are the most adorable, clever, wonderful children ever (I’m sure you feel the same way about your kiddos most days), I think they are my real gift each and every day! Thank God, Jackson wasn’t more seriously injured. It could have easily been so much worse. Praise you, Jesus! Every day I get to be a mom is such a beautiful, wonderful, amazing gift from our loving Father.
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24
Happy Mother’s Day, my friends. I hope you feel celebrated and have an opportunity to enjoy the awesomeness of being a mom! #Motherhoodrocks even on the tough days.
from Christian Mommy