One of the blessings of being a parent is that it brings out my weaknesses and turns me to God. Many times as I reflect back on my day, God speaks to me about an area in which I need to grow and change. Other times, as He speaks, it’s just to remind me of the greatness of my Heavenly Father. I’m blessed as I think of His perfect ability to meet my needs, His willingness to forgive, and His patience with me.
I remember the time that I planned a week to deep clean and organize my house. (No small task, I assure you!) As I worked that week, I found myself becoming resentful of interruptions. Calls of “Mom!” were often met with a sharp, “WHAT?!” as if to say, “Don’t bother me – I’m busy!” Innocent requests for help were met rather grudgingly.
One night that week as I was laying in bed, I felt a sweet sense of accomplishment. However, it was dimmed with regret as the Lord reminded me of how I’d been treating my family.
Then the Lord spoke and gently reminded me that He is never too busy. He doesn’t mind being bothered! I got so excited as I thought about this! So often, as parents, we get tired of constant demands on our time, of countless questions, etc. But God always has time to listen, and loves to meet our needs.
This reminds me of the verse in James 1:5,
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.”
A preacher once explained that “upbraideth not” means He doesn’t get tired of giving, or of us asking. Neither does he scold us for asking. What a wonderful thought! Unlike us, God is willing to give and give and give. We can keep asking for the wisdom we need, and He’ll continually supply it.
I want to be that kind of mom. One who is willing to give, and give generously to my kids. I don’t want to be too busy for them, or get tired of their requests. I want them to see God’s love in me – a love that willingly gives.
What a blessing to have a Heavenly Father Who is there just waiting for us to ask for His help so He can willingly give it!