And sometimes one of your sweet, wonderful children is going through terrible twos and the other is crying and having an attitude problem like a teenager.
And you've cleaned and tidied till you want to use disposable dishes from now on--environment be darned--but every time you turn around there's another 50 puzzle pieces on the floor and there are still fruit flies buzzing around the sink.
And your job that has always offered so much security suddenly doesn't feel quite so secure.
And your heart just feels tired. And your soul is full of fatigue.
And you cry at the dinner table.
Sitting there smiling and enjoying the little people who are your special blessings and thankful for the husband who made dinner, the soul-fatigue leaks from your eyes.
And you go sit and read 7 books while terrible two sits on the potty. And you say prayers and are thankful for tiny hands folded, eager to talk to Jesus. And you whisper to God asking that those little hands will always be so eager to seek Him. And you go to the other bedroom for cuddles and silliness.
Then make a cup of tea. And assure that wonderful, dinner-making husband that those dinner table tears weren't sadness or anxiety.
And God whispers as you cry a few more tears that He is your security. Your strength.
And you remember and you read:
"There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no rock like our God." (1 Samuel 2:2)
"As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord's word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure...The Lord lives! Praise be to my rock. Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!...Therfore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name." (2 Samuel 22:31-33, 47, 50)
And you breathe easier. And you feel peace in that heart and in that soul.
Thank you, Lord, for being that Rock, security, refuge, strength, that your Word is flawless. And thank you for holding up the worn out. You are Good. Amen.