These Hectic Days
Achievement tests, science fairs, portfolios-OH MY! Yes, it's that time of year again and I have to confess, I'm very stressed out. Now, my friends will tell you that I'm normally a fairly laid back kinda girl. But not this year. Right now I have 4 children finishing school work (hopefully), 2 children playing baseball, 4 children needing a lot of help preparing for their co-op science/geography fair in a couple weeks, and 2 portfolios to compile in a somewhat orderly fashion. And did I mention that we have houseguests arriving off and on thoughout the next 6 weeks? I actually lie in bed each night unable to stop the wheels spinning and go to sleep.
Until I remember....to lay it all before my heavenly Father who loves me and wishes to remind me of what is really important. Schoolwork will come and go and baseball is temporary. But the stuff of heaven remains eternal. Matthew 6: 34 says it better than I ever could: "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." And don't forget Luke. Chapter 12, verse 22-34 which reminds us that we should not worry about what we will eat or wear for God himself clothes the lilies and feeds the sparrows, but loves his children infinitely more. Stop worrying! "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom"(32) I know that schoolwork is important and tests and portfolios, but that is all just the stuff of this life. What is eternally important is the biblical foundation we are giving our kids and the daily reminders of the love Jesus has for them. Truth be told, my work will get done regardless of how much I worry about it and these hectic days will pass before I know it.
So I will take a deep breath, go outside and enjoy the lilacs and tulips coming into bloom (at least the ones my little darlings haven't accidentally trampled) and I will devoutly ignore the dandelions that I don't have time to weed. And I will praise my Heavenly Father for my clothing and my food....and my work.