The sun skids above the horizon a few minutes before Adela squawks her morning "Mama! Mama! Donde estas?" Where am I? I am next to the kitchen sink trying to gulp down a bit more coffee while it is still somewhat warm.
But, to be honest to my heart, the feel of Micaela's arms around my neck and the sight of Adela's sweet smile are both ever more delicious than my coffee ever could be. In moments like this I remember the years that I longed for a child, longed to be called "Mama". Motherhood is just as precious as I ever thought it would be.
Yet there are days that I think about all the other things I would like to do besides braid little girls' hair and sing nursery rhymes. The other day I met with some women and we talked about a project we were working on together. I bemoaned the fact to the group that I didn't seem to have time anymore for novel writing. I could squeeze in blog-time and social networking, but I have no large enough blocks of time that I can put solid work into the detailed and complex thoughts of a historical romance.
The other ladies all nodded their heads in sympathy. They had all been where I am and were enjoying having more time that belonged to their own goals. But, one lady smiled at me and said, "God knows what you are doing for your children and all the sacrifices you make during these early years. He honors that. I promise you. He will honor what you have done for your family."
Her words resonated in my heart. God will honor this.
He honors our hard work and sacrifices.
He honors the dreams that go unpursued and the frustration we will squash down as we remember how important this time is for our children.
God sees everything. And more incredible than this: God knows the amazing present and future that is part of your life story.
In 1 Corinthians 2:9 it says:
However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived"
the things God has prepared for those who love him
God has good things, no, great things in store for you. Not just in the far distant future, but here in this day. He sees all the things you do, what you give, and how you serve your family.
And, He honors you.