Over the weekend, I was asked a question. Bold and blunt.
(You know, some people the Lord gently reminds to keep their opinions to themselves and then there are those I believe He has to scream in their ear :
Keep your trap shut!
I verge on that sort of person occasionally….)
Regardless, the question was:
Did you WANT 7 kids?!?!?!
I can honestly say that I did not start my parenthood journey thinking:
Oh, no sweat. I think 7 would be easy. Yep, step-relationships are such a piece of cake. Oh, and special needs? Simple. I’ll take it. Rare, complicated disease for one child? Sure. Allergies? Bring. it. on. The more the merrier. And throw a huge age span in there too, just for good measure. Nothing like having one daughter attending her senior awards ceremony on the day after the birth of another.
I even took them to church whenever I could get by with it.
I had various dreams of becoming a doctor, attorney, and writer. But I do have to say that in my heart of hearts, dream of dreams, more than anything, I really did want to be a wife.
and a mother.
So I have my dream.
However, the vision I had looked a little more like the Brady Bunch.
Housekeeper. Cook. Trips to Hawaii.
And so far…
I’m the Housekeeper.
And the Cook…
And a trip to Heaven is probably in the closer future than one to Hawaii.
The point is: Often God gives us our dreams.
We just view them from a different perspective than His.
Maybe your dream has been given to you, but like me, you are missing the housekeeper and cook. Those embellishing details that make you look good; where are those?
And work for that dream? What?
Praying: God, are you really saying I have responsibility with the privilege?
Perhaps your dream doesn’t need to change.
Just your perspective.
I Corinthians 13:12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
So to answer that question: Did you WANT 7 kids?!
Every. single. one.