In Her Shoes is a series written by readers to give us a glimpse into their lives – to see what it is like to walk in their shoes. Today I am excited to introduce you to my friend Jenny! She is a wife, teacher, and a busy mom to six boys! Let’s join our friend as she shares with us what it is like to walk in her shoes. ~ Love, G
It occurred to me recently that I am the kitchen sink. Perhaps this was a divine revelation or maybe I just spend too much time away from adult conversation and don’t get enough sleep. Whichever, I am the kitchen sink.
Where we are currently living, we are blessed with two large kitchen sinks. One is designated solely for washing dishes. It has one job and one job only. Very occasionally it is called upon for other duties such as catching noodle water. We have a dishwasher, but the dishes sink is used all day, every day. It is a hard working sink. This, however, is not the sink that I am. I am the other sink.
Our other sink is our go-to sink. It is always set up with a strainer for washing produce on the left side and a mat for drying recycling on the right. See, it is already multi-tasking. It is also the sink to which the water filter is attached. It fills our water pitcher at least three times a day, rabbit water jugs twice a day, and any cooking or other consumable water our family uses. It is the sink that thaws the fish and where eggs get pealed. It is where little boys wash three bushels of apples for applesauce. It is where the corn-cooking water gets dumped. It where burned fingers run under cool water, feet get washed, and motor oil is removed. But it is also where the baby has his sweet-smelling bath and where I’ve dropper-fed a newborn rabbit kit trying to keep it alive.
This sink works hard, too, but in an array of ways. It shows. It has rust spots on the bottom, a bit of mold around the caulk, a few scratches on the sides, and every now and then, it leaks.
This is me. I multi-task before I am even awake and just keep adding more throughout the day. I do so many things at the same time I actually catch myself going in circles. I find myself cooking dinner, folding laundry, putting on band-aids, nursing a baby, assisting with homework, supervising chores and stopping squabbles…all at the same time. I have to be tough to deal with hurtful words and gentle to heal wounds. This work shows. I have bags under my eyes, weariness in my body, physical pain anywhere from my feet to the top of my head and sometimes, I leak, too.
But the multi-tasking sink doesn’t complain that it has too much to do. It doesn’t quit. It doesn’t lament that it doesn’t look the way it used to. It gets the job done. It was created to be multi-functioning and that is what it does.
This is how my Creator-Father made me. He made me to take care of my family. He made me to do big things, like teach letter sounds and mop the floor; work long hours and discipline; teach about Jesus and how to tie shoes. It may be difficult to see the importance of the mundane tasks I do every day. But I know that God made me, he put me here, now, to do these things. I am part of his plan of salvation. I am impacting lives…those of my boys, my husband, friends and many more that I may not even be aware of.
Strong Enough by Matthew West has brought me to tears many, many times. I live in a state of not feeling strong enough. The song, Strong Enough, is based on Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” I will be honest…I don’t like this passage. I have been known to shout this passage in sarcasm, but that is because I am focusing on the “I” instead of the “Him”. When we focus on the “Him” we can see that we are part of His mission plan. “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
Living in the country means we are on a well. When we lose power, we lose water. Without water, a sink is pretty useless. Without a sink…you get a big mess! It is the same with our lives. Without our God-Father, Son and Spirit, our mundane lives are useless and pointless. But when He fills us, we can do incredible things. He created us to do His work, to continue being an example, to continue telling what a difference Jesus Christ as Savior makes, to continue going on.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“Hands of mercy, won’t you cover me. Lord, right now, I’m asking you to be strong enough.” In our Savior’s name we pray, Amen.
To read more encouraging stories, or if you are interested in sharing your own story, please go to the In Her Shoes tab near the top of the page. I love learning about the people in this series. Connecting with others seems to make the world feel not quite as big and scary. We’re all in this together. I can’t wait to hear from you, to read your stories, and learn more of what it is like to walk in your shoes.
In Her Shoes is a series written by readers to give us a glimpse into their lives - to see what...