The past six months have been some of the most difficult of my entire life.
My youngest son was hospitalized for almost two weeks in October, and our family has been reeling ever since.
Simple things seem hard –
I have yet to get these basics back on track.
Although my son is home now and doing well (Thank you Jesus!), I am finding it a challenge to recover from the trauma and stress of it all.
I have tried resetting our routines.
I have tried waking up earlier and staying up later.
I have tried and tried, and my best efforts have failed.
Last week, it occurred to me that I had yet to pray about these details. Somehow, it seemed too small compared to all that God had done and continues to do in healing my child, to pray about how to get my bathrooms cleaned. I have seen what feels like a miracle before my very eyes in the form of an eleven-year-old boy, once again running, climbing, and riding a bike.
Why should a home-keeping schedule even matter?
When Our Homes Feel Out Of Control
The truth is, in the grand scheme of things, my floors being cleaned or the math lesson getting done today is not terribly significant in the face of eternity.
It may not be significant in comparison, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. The Bible is filled with examples of women working hard, serving their families, and creating homes that nourish and create a safe place to grow closer to Jesus.
And so, I prayed. I turned my home fully over to God and asked that He would inform my next steps and help me get our family back on track.
The very next morning, I read this verse.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1
I had been laboring in vain, trying to do it all on my own, sure that the God of the universe, the God who was mighty to save my sweet son, was too far above the mundane to care about my house.
I was wrong.
It is all His. My routines. Our homeschool. The bathrooms that need to be cleaned. All of it is His.
Surrendering to this and allowing the Lord to take charge and “build my house” has been such a sweet reminder. He sees and carries us in the big things, yes, and He is just as present in the small.
I want to encourage you that if you are struggling in areas that seem mundane, this is all the more reason to cast your cares upon Him who is there beside you every step of the way.
He sees us.
He loves us.
He will build our homes for us.