it’s the black and the white of the world and the do’s and don’t’s and should’s and shouldn’t’s all begin to stop making perfect sense all of a sudden. and how and why the stress of something fleeting can fill up the mind and burst from the mouth?
why the tired of the day yields to the exhaustion of the constant and comes out all anger and ugly? why women need more sleep than men? or we’ll get mean. when the hunger sneaks up through the midst of perfect child chaotic mess of a day,
and the ugly
it. just. retches. itself. all. out.
before it can be swallowed back?
when there’s so much love and yet none at all– and the thought of no longer hearing the tantrums and the tired sits okay enough within that the thought of leaving it all behind doesn’t seem horrid but pulls pleasant?
and you, you thought you were made for motherhood but all that fills you is resounding failure. that at the end of the day, what was it that was accomplished that won’t need repetition the very next day?
And tens of thousands of times after…
and it all wears thin.
and naming the grace gifts have been far from me. held off at arms length.
the race pulls at me and all i look for is the ending and the gentle soothe of knowing it is all over and i am all done. and the wanting that it won’t come fast enough.
and i am at loss.
for the desire may be good, the looking for the eternal, but it’s in such a desperation that it leaves all loathe for the place i find myself in … the here. and the now.
and how is that glorifying? and do i even care?
i want to whisper the thought – has my heart become so tired that it too has turned to all ugly?
can i not wake long enough to name the grace that surrounds and abounds.
infant child “nu nu” sounds
young son’s desires to be as big brother
big brother desires to be baby once more
and the thought process there… oh son… you too will grow… and growth is an awfully big adventure. and sometimes it may feel all awful, that’s true. but the grace, it’s here, son. and the joy that comes from fully giving of a thanks that fully fills… to experience that, son. I pray you will live the majority of your life experiencing such a joy.
but that means you have to continue to grow. and the growth will be good. it will be hard. and it will end good.
our flesh is incredibly weak, child. and the pull of this world is wickedly sweet. but bypass the happiness to find the joy, you will find no regret there.
and here, when the desire for sleep leads to the demanding for rest and when respite is refused… to name grace. and when this feels like the hardest thing, to give thanks for the exhaustion. to give thanks for the crying. to give thanks for the never ceasing constant serving cycle of the day.
and maybe it’s time to rewrite the black and the white according to the serving of Christ that does not make the perfect of sense to the outside looking in.
-and to be okay when it’s met with the backhanded whispers and the shaking of Miss Manner’s head.
-when entertaining people may be bringing them into the realness of what is instead of a facade of something that’s all together perfect tidy.
-to fully relinquish that which causes stress and to realign priorities.
for the eternal. to. matter. more. than the clutter that will burn and fade to nothing.