Young eyes looked at me expectantly as I opened the white, final Resurrection Egg. As it popped open to reveal its emptiness, the confused questions came.
“Did you lose it, Momma?”
“Where did it go?”
“Why is it empty?”
I smiled. “It’s empty because the tomb is empty.” To which my three-year-old replied, “Because Jesus is alive.” Yes, Baby, because Jesus is alive.
I love Resurrection Eggs. I have such fond memories of creating them and going through the story during Sunday School in my own youth. Because of those memories, I set out to make a set of my own for my children. Mind you, I’m not crafty so when I saw that Hobby Lobby had a ready-made set with a devotional booklet, I was thrilled!
Hobby Lobby has saved me countless times. As I said, I’m not crafty, but of course, my kids love crafts. And as they say, creating is great for learning! I have been thankful many times for the ready-made craft kits so my kids can have the pleasure of making their own nativity scenes or Christmas ornaments.
My sister-in-law says that we all have our “thing” or challenge that makes parenting hard, perhaps harder than we think it should be. And it can look very different for each one of us. Until recently, that “thing” for me has been that Daddy traveled often for work.
Daddy does quite a bit around the house when he is home (I rarely touch the dishes) so when he was gone, it was a challenge just to keep up with the bare minimum to keep my children fed and healthy. I know, shockingly, I am not Super-Mom. In fact, there was always one night when he was away on a business trip – after I put the kids to bed – when I would curl up in a chair in the living room assured that I was the worst mother in the history of motherhood.
So, trying to adequately and consistently teach my children about Christ, could be a real challenge. For instance, we typically read Bible stories and pray before going to bed, but that can require real discipline when the thing Mom needs most is for everyone to just go to bed!
But… those moments of utter defeat, when I am sure I am a failure as a mother, typically lead me to beg God for his grace, strength, and help. Perhaps I needed that constant reminder of how much I needed to lean on God, his strength, and wisdom, to even do this parenting thing.
It would be easy to compare myself to my friends who are seemingly totally on top of things… making cute little crafts from their own supplies, decorating special themed-lunches, taking their kids to this community event or this exhibit, etc. Ah, yes, it would be so easy to compare… But instead, I am thankful for Hobby Lobby’s ready-made craft kits, because I know, I’ve had this “thing,” my challenge, to work through as I do my best to teach my children about Jesus in our daily routine.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10
Mom and Dad, what is your “thing” that makes parenting more challenging for you? How does it affect how you disciple your children? Is it a strain on your time, energy, joy? Or does it affect the way you can communicate God’s truth to your kids? Whatever it is, do you see ways God is helping you in the midst of it? If not, what are some ways you would like to experience his help?
Heavenly Father, you are the God who sees us. You see us as we are. You know us better than we know ourselves. You know that we desire to pour your love and hope into these children you’ve placed in our care. You know that we desire to build up their faith. Yet we are so weak. We all have these “things” that make parenting and discipling a challenge. Help us to acknowledge that and rely on you to provide the strength and support we need. Thank you for being our unchanging Rock who keeps us steady when our world is shaking. Hold on to us. We adore you, Father. Amen.