A mother bird prepares a nest for the nearing arrival of her eggs. Each morning she awakes with the dawn, scouring for perfectly fitted sticks, straw, grass, and cozy material that will be “home” for the most crucial time of her young’s life. She hears no applause, receives no encouragement for her efforts but day after day she gathers with a fierce expectancy of life to come.
Gathering sticks is a ‘glamourless’ affair. It’s her instinct moving her to persevere, guaranteeing her efforts will not be in vain.
As I quickly approach motherhood for the first time, my heart is stirred to reevaluate my purposes in a new season. One of probable intensity, little reprieve, and daily repetitive tasks. All with a hope of a great future for my family & child(ren). A hope which I imagine, gets clouded over at times with feelings of mundane.
What will my family, ministry, career, friendships, and household duties look like? How in the world will I not “lose” myself in the process of caring for my very own human being?! You may be going through another huge life change that begets the same questions…
My heart was pierced by a promise this week:
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, alway abounding in the work of the LORD, knowing that in the LORD your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Italics added)
What would I look like if I were steadfast & immovable? How would it impact my family and household alone? Like a momma bird, gathering little, but gathering everyday. Can I abound in my work for the LORD, although it seem small?
What makes the promise so powerful, is doing work in this strength & perspective promises our efforts will not fall short of result. There will be success. It may take some serious looking, under piles of laundry and poopy diapers…HOWEVER, there will be results. Weather eternal, a child growing up in security of the love of Christ, getting out of debt, having joy, healing, or doors of opportunity swinging wide open.
Take heart, there is significance in your “glamourless” efforts. Be steadfast in the Word of God, immovable in the righteousness you have in Him, and abound in the work of the LORD. You are building something of significance.