It's that time of year that farmers love and their wives approach with caution. It's harvest. As the wife of a farmer, my job of being a stay-at-home-mom is modified slightly. I add to my job description: meals on wheels delivery person, gopher, and substitute tractor driver.
It is quite common for me to spend hours in my kitchen during this time of year. I make and take lunch and supper out to my hubby and his dad. That means I also have to do dishes and clean up the kitchen twice. (Oh, joy.) ***Side note: this is not how all farming families do it. It is just the way my family has chosen to operate. Plus, it gives my kids a chance to see their dad!
So, because I am spending hours in my kitchen, I have been thinking about the roles of women. In most families that I am aware of, it is the woman who buys the groceries, plans the meals, and makes the food. Eating is pretty important, so why is the job of "just cooking" often looked down upon? Why does it seem so thankless?
When you have little kids, much of what you do as a parent is thankless. In fact, it's your job to teach them to be thankful. But at times, it is so frustrating to have this aspect of your life, one that you devote so much time to, overlooked.
Have you ever felt that way? Overlooked?
There's a little story in the Bible that is speaking to me this week. You all have probably heard it. I have even blogged about it before. (For that blog, click here.) It's a little story about how Jesus fed 5000 men, plus women and children.
In John 6, we read about a crowd that has gathered around Jesus. It is getting late, and the people are getting hungry. The disciples wonder how they can feed such a crowd, especially since they are far from town and have no money.
Andrew finds what seems like the only solution. He says, "There's a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?" (John 6:9).
If you know the story, you know that Jesus took that meager offering and used it to feed the entire crowd until they were all full. The disciples even collected 12 baskets of leftovers!
Now, Jesus could have made food appear from thin air. But for some reason, God likes to have His people be involved in His plans. A boy offered his lunch for Jesus to use.
This boy was young, as scripture tells us, so you know who packed that lunch? His mother, of course! My almost 7 year old son can make his own sandwich, but only if I tell him to and get out all of the ingredients for him.
The mom made the boy capable of participating in a miracle. In reality, the mom played a huge role in God's plan.
I'm encouraged by this today as I make my meals and plan to feed my people. Without being well-fed, people cannot function at the highest possible level. My farmers, in their combines and tractors, would get weak and tired if they were not fed. I am also able to encourage them by making them yummy meals and tasty desserts. The same goes for my children.
God sees every effort you make. He sees every special meal and yummy treat you make to bless your family. If you are a mom, God has called you to be just that. He will bless you for carrying out your calling well.
So pack those lunches, cook those meals, and wash those dishes. Do your best, Mama, and be blessed. For our God sees you, and you are never overlooked.
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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