To say “we’re busy” is an understatement, and truthfully, what American family isn’t? I had brief, yet enlightening conversation this week with a mature woman in her 50’s, and it gave me a new perspective of the “busyness” of our current situation.
I sometimes get a bit overwhelmed and feel resentful of the dishes, the laundry, the cleaning, the meal preparation, the grocery shopping, the taxi driving, the sports games and practices, the homework, the requirements of my three part time jobs, the demands of being a ministry family…the list could go on and on.
But in no time at all the 2 of you are going to grow up and leave the nest, and my life won’t be the same. The woman I spoke to this week said, “I’d give anything to have a sink full of dirty dishes, because it’d mean my children were still in my home.” She also commented how she’d rather be busy than bored, and with an empty nest now, she is constantly looking for ways to fill her schedule.
I’m going to blink and the two of you are going to be moving out of my house and starting lives of your own. So for now, when I’m struggling to keep up with the dishes and laundry and meals and driving and working and ministering, I am not going to complain. Instead, I’m going to embrace it, as it indicates that I have a thriving family with healthy and active children who God has entrusted to my care. I don’t want to wish these moments away, as in the grand scheme of life, the years you spend at home, are all too short.