Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.
Being a mom can really be a test of patience. Our children can say and do things that make us react in ways that we never thought we would. One particular time, my family was on a train to ride to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado. We were all so excited to see one of the most majestic views in our country. While we were waiting to get on the train, our children discovered that they were selling food nearby. So, of course our teenage son couldn’t resist the aroma of the grilled ham and cheese floating in the air, plus, he had to have a soda to wash it down. Well, as soon as we had purchased his food, it was time to load the train. I cautioned my son that he needed to be careful with his food and drink because the train was packed full with people wanting to enjoy the view. As soon as we found our seats, my son started enjoying his snack. After he opened his drink, he put it on the floor…with the top off! As soon as the train started, orange soda spilled all over the floor, and began to slide backwards as the train ascended. So, of course, completely irritated, I told my son to clean up the sticky mess. As he cleaned up the mess with the least absorbent napkins known to man, he placed his soda on the floor. And…then it happened…again. He kicked the soda with his foot, and no, the soda did not have the top on it. At this point, I am dumbfounded. I almost can’t even express how frustrated I am to my son as he watches in awe as the rest of his soda spills out on the floor. Now, we are out of napkins, and all the other passengers that are seated around us stare in disgust and pick up their bags and purses as we make a complete mess; a massive complete mess. It was one of those moments, that as a parent, I just wanted to hide away. Since that was impossible, I asked my son why the cap wasn’t on the soda. He told me that he didn’t have enough hands to clean the mess and put the cap on. So, in some sort of “a-ha” moment in his life, I reminded him that if he feels like he can’t do it on his own, to ask help. Simple, right?
Looking back on that experience, it really makes me think of how the Lord looks at us try to clean up our messes. He watches us as we fumble around, sometimes making bigger trouble while we try to handle things alone. When really, He is there with us the whole time, just waiting to be asked to offer His wisdom and help. If you are in a big mess right now, remember the Lord is patiently waiting to hear from you. We have the most amazing resource who desires to walk with us through our troubles, all we have to do is allow Him to come along side!
“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify Me.” Psalm 50:15