I see you across the pew. We’re listening to the same sermon and it’s all over your face.
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” ~ Psalm 46:10
You want to believe that you really can be still in all of this, but it doesn’t seem possible. You’re terrified of that diagnosis. You’re worried that you can’t do it. You’re wrecked by what people might say and what they might think. Mama, those things don’t matter. You’ve got to let go of that.
I see the worry in your eyes. Don’t lose heart. The things that are keeping you up at night, the what-ifs, aren’t what life is all about anyway. If he doesn’t walk and talk when the other toddlers start walking and talking, it will be okay. The same goes for reading, writing, and all the rest. All of this isn’t about winning a race or being the first or fastest. It’s about finding where he shines.
Mama, those comparisons have got to go. They’re robbing you of your joy and blinding you to the perfection sitting in front of you. Besides, when our lives are centered around how we stack up, we miss the gifts that are uniquely ours. We bypass the fact that all of us are fearfully and wonderfully made and designed with purpose beyond our comprehension. It’s not about how we compare. It’s about how we celebrate who we are.
Speaking of being fearfully and wonderfully made, he is. Lay down that worry and trust The Maker. Trust His design and His purpose. He knows what He’s doing and is going to do amazing things through your child. Believe that today.
Mama, know that you are called to this child. You were fearfully and wonderfully made, too. All of that purpose applies to you as well. You were made for this. I understand that there are days when you feel like you can’t do it, but when you feel like you can’t do it or that you’re not enough, trust The Maker. You are His and He selected you to parent your child for a reason.
You weren’t Plan B. It wasn’t happenstance that you were chosen to be this parent. You were called and chosen to be his mama right here and now. Love that baby, celebrate what makes him unique, and don’t give a second thought about what others might say. It’s not about them. It’s just not about the expectations of others. It’s about purpose. Rest in that today, Mama.
I know all of this is easy for me to say because we’re not talking about my child. I get that, but I’ve been through some storms in my life. I’ve wondered what they might say and felt like I’d never be enough, but I’ve found that my identity is in God. There’s a beautiful freedom in that, Mama. It is possible to be still. Let Him be God and you just be you.
Be still. He will be exalted.