Oh how gladly I will do so | Motherhood Monday

Martin Luther wrote,

Our natural reason looks at marriage and turns up its nose and says, "Alas! Must I rock the baby? Change diapers? Make the bed? Smell its stench? Stay at night with it? Take care of it when it cries? Heal its rashes and sores? And on top of that care for my spouse, provide labor at my trade, take care of this and take care of that? Why should I make such a prisoner of myself?" 

What then does Christian faith say to this? It opens its eyes, looks upon all these insignificant, distasteful and despised duties in the spirit, and is aware that they are all adorned with divine approval as with the costliest gold and jewels. It says, "O God, I confess I am not worthy to rock that little babe or change its diaper, or to be entrusted with the care of a child and its mother. How is it that I without any merit have come to this distinction of being certain that I am serving thy creature and thy most precious will? Oh how gladly I will do so. Though the duty should be even more insignificant and despised, neither frost nor heat, neither drudgery nor labor will distress me for I am certain that it is thus pleasing in thy sight."

Taking care of a little one comes with many duties. Many of them ordinary and insignificant. I don't want to forget the priceless privilege I have of serving the Lord in this way. That no matter how exhausting and challenging the road of parenting gets, it is full of divine approval. May you find comfort in this truth today, you're doing better than you think.