is was the state of our bedroom for 2 days. Just when I had the sleep/energy to straighten things up to receive my father-in-law, little critters I like to call cooties crawled (or rather coughed, sneezed and kissed their way) from our 2 year old to our 2 WEEK old. From just getting a routine down to sucking snot out of a squealing pig, our day-to-day lives changed. I mean really… how do you keep up with time, much less remembering the last time you brushed your teeth! when your 2 year old’s nostrils are playing “Whose mucous can reach his bottom lip faster?” every 30 minutes while deciphering the sounds of your infant’s congested snore from the engine of a late model truck? Wait! Is he gagging?? OMG!!!
So needless to say, in 2 days, laundry has rebuilt itself with spit-on or peed on clothes, the bed become the lost & found of what doesn’t get tossed on the floor AND the baby’s dinner table & the changing table the cleanest place of all (thanks to frequent use). And ya know? I AM NOT STRESSING IT because it’s really not that serious.
As any new mom knows, the first couple of weeks are rough, especially if breastfeeding with older “little” kids. Add to that cooties and company & it can get pretty overwhelming… only if you remain closed minded and independent. I’m amazingly blessed to know a man named Jesus who gave me a command with a beautiful blessing wrapped within:
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Do you see that blessing- that one word? “…all…” Yes! That includes you & me- tiresome, frustrated, sleep-deprived, emotional, new mom/dad, single, married… ALL of us. Included, we find rest knowing the end- that really, in Him and with Him, it’s light & easy. In and with ourselves, it’s serious & hard. He encompasses what is eternal- what should remain. We focus on what’s temporary- what will fade away.
So even though my room didn’t rightly reflect my desires, I realize what my heart’s desires reflect is way more important. Yes I was stressed about everything being out of the norm, but as I look at the blessing of our new son, God’s Word and then our bedroom, I have to admit it. “Esther (and all new mommies), it really isn’t that serious. It’s really easy; just keep it simple in one moment at a time.”
Note: I was able to straighten things up. Thank you Jesus for the inventions of man (The SnotSucker) and a superhero called My Husband.