Oh, how much less we would stress if we really were able to see where all this work got us. How much more at peace would we be if we were able to see beyond these crazy moments, or know how fast these times to fly. What a sense of calm we would get if we knew what all this was achieving for us in the long term...if only.
Then again, dont we have that to a point? I think we may know at least enough to be able to rest peacefully in the moment ..just enough to be able to trust that there IS a point to all this and that we ARE working towards something greater.
God knew from our beginning that we would want to know more than we needed to. He also knew that we would want to be assured that we arent doing all this for no reason.
Check out some of these verses that remind us ...
"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." 2 Corinthians 4:17
I Peter 1:6-7 ..In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
I Peter 4: 12-13 keeps it going ..Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
All of this is not for nothing ..thank goodness!
When we allow ourselves to get really caught up in the stresses that are every day, and those that are more than every day we can get off sync with the whole point. That being that we are here to glorify and praise Him.
Getting caught up in stress that is so small in the scheme of things takes us away from the really important reasons that we are here ..to honor Him by loving others and especially those he has given us to love.
We need to keep an eternal perspective to be able to handle our lives when they get to be too much for us. That could be laundry and dishes, as well as losing loved ones or struggling with an addiction or someone elses mistakes.
Seeing all this for what it is, a light and momentary struggle that is achieving for us WAY better than this. One the short side, we have strong and loving families. On the long side, we have (very hopefully) children and husbands nurtured to meet their potential in Christ so they are able to do great work..and on the really long side, we are heading to a place that has no laundry or dishes :)
Keep it in perspective girls ..this is nothing compared to what we are working toward! :)