Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Mother's Odyssey

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm,
for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
- Hebrews 10:23 nlt -

Sometimes, in all the chaos each day brings, it's easy to forget what the hopes and dreams are of being a parent.  I forget the meaning of my role in my children's lives.  The days start out at 100 mph and don't often slow down.  Each "failure" seems to stick like a red wine stain whereas the successes evaporate from sight almost instantly.  After enough of these days in a row without relief, it's easy to believe that my efforts make no difference. 

How do you stop sliding down that slippery slope?  What do you have in your toolbox that re-awakens you to your purpose like smelling salts help regain consciousness?

I just heard an amazing illustration that brings my purpose and calling as a Mother back to the forefront of my mind.  It has been such a blessing in my life that I have to share it.  One of our pastor friends gave a sermon on Mother's Day, relating the task of Motherhood to a story found in Homer's "Odyssey."  The story he told was that of Odysseus' encounter with the Sirens.  Odysseus avoided the destruction of the beautiful call of the Sirens by having his men tie him to the mast.  He begged them to untie him, but they just tied him tighter until the danger passed.
In this illustration, Mothers are Odysseus's men, who faithfully tie our little "Odysseuses" to the mast, and all the more in times of danger and temptation.  We ignore the call of sirens and bind our children to the mast - God, our Master and Commander - with ties of truth and mercy.

Wow, right?!  I get chills every time I think of it.  God has called us to this AWESOME purpose - to bind our children to the one thing that really matters: true Hope. 


When they kick and scream, hold them tight.  When they push the limits for the 80th time in one day, don't waver.  When they're hurt and scared, bind them all the more.  To what?

to the HOPE we affirm,

Tie them, hold them, unwaveringly connect them to the only hope that lasts.  The hope we affirm - we proclaim, we pronounce, we attest - the only hope that makes all the battles worthwhile.  

for GOD can be trusted to KEEP HIS PROMISE.

He promises rest for the weary.  He promises strength to the weak.  He promises he will continue the good work he began in us until completion.  He promises he will return.  He promises to hear us, to never leave nor forsake us.  He promises that, IN HIM, we are victorious.

My children may try me.  My heart will ache in the trials and struggles I navigate with them.  I will have days that I'll be tempted to feel the fight is futile.  And on those days, I will bind my children AND myself to the mast of hope with the words written on my heart: God can be trusted to keep his promise. 

PRAY: Dear Lord, Thank you for being my mast.  Let me know your promises full well so that I may bind my children to you with them, giving them the hope that will soothe, strengthen and protect them all the days of their lives.  I love that you have called me to be a parent in your kingdom, not mine.  Amen.

- Emily Krill

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  1. Wonderful article Barb! Just what I needed to read today.

    1. Thanks for reading, Susan! God bless your Odyssey!

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    1. So comforting to know I'm not the only one!! Thanks, Ann!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Tammie! God bless your Odyssey!