Happy Spring Sweet Moms! It “Pollened” here in the south last night. Yep, you’ve got it. “Pollened”. Like snowing, but not. And this year seems its worse than ever. Take a gander at this cartoon and you’ll get my full meaning… Wow!
I was driving down the interstate, and literally there were plumes of pollen in my path. EVERYTHING is yellow. The furniture, the deck, the cars, even the air has a yellow haze. Yes, the Rights of Spring are birthing new life and with this ‘birth’ comes the labor pains of nature.
If you are not familiar with this Right, it is not always the blessing it is intended to be for us humans. With natures ‘fertilization’ of our flowers and plants comes some terrible triggers.
- Watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Itchy throat
- Eyes swelling shut
You get the idea. All around irritation and frustration!
What a parallel this pollen has been to life. I don’t know about you, but almost every Homeschool mom I speak with these days, they tell me the same story I tell them. “Life has been hard.” Period. There have been days covered in irritation and frustration. The first 3 months of this year have brought on a bombardment of ‘stuff’. You know what I mean? At every turn, I am met with yet another road-block. I have been met with a season of disappointments. Just when I begin to feel the Lord is about to birth something new in me and my life, when I least expect it, He takes me in a completely different direction and I am left saying to myself, “What was that Lord? Where did that come from? I thought…” Then, the enemy comes in to cause me to doubt myself and my abilities. There are people in my life who are questioning my ability to be a Homeschooling mom since 3 weeks of sickness between the 5 of us set us a little behind on school. All because I have lived my life and the bumps that come with it, and did not have the perfection they expect me to live in. Life simply got in the way and I handled it the best I knew how. Ugh! Irritation and Frustration!
I have also felt so hidden away from the world in this season of Winter, sickness, cabin-fever [which manifested in moments of rebellious attitudes in my children] and catching up on school all threaten to consume me. Now that spring has come and the weather has finally warmed, this country girl just wants to open all the windows and let the Spring breeze flow through my house, bringing fresh, life-giving air, ridding my home of the stale air of winter. ROADBLOCK! Pollen.
Side note: My husband is fussing at me saying not to call them roadblocks, but to call them opportunities. I hate when he plays devils-advocate. “Yes, honey.”
Though pollen can be a serious irritation, there is a purpose and a plan that was set forth from the Creation of the Earth. Pollination is very important. It leads to the creation of new seeds that grow into new plants.
Such is life. I have not been forgotten. I am learning that patient endurance is being birthed in me. I know, Mom, that we are on the edge of some wonderful doors that are about to swing wide open. Just as spring is coming forth in a birth of new life as the pollen covers and fertilizes, so are our lives. Mom, these seasons of ‘irritation and frustration’ are times when, just as we wait the long 9 months to birth our beautiful children, we wait in anticipation, with patience and endurance. Never giving up!
Victoria Boyson said it perfectly:
“The most difficult time of any birth is the few moments right before you deliver your baby into the world. You are exhausted beyond what you can even endure…you cannot stand it anymore. You have pushed and pushed and have exhausted all your strength. You want to scream, “I can’t do this… I can’t!” BUT you must! It is at this moment that you must push the hardest and exert yourself the most. You are crying, “I can’t,” and everyone around you is yelling, “PUSH!” Then, somewhere deep inside of you, strength arises! You have a determination now, where a hopeless feeling used to dwell. No you cry from the depths of your heart, “I can,” and “I will!”
Mom, whatever situation you are enduring in this season of life, know that you are the only one who can see it to the end and have the patient endurance to keep pushing until God’s strength arises in you to fight the good fight of faith to the finish line. He will give you strength when you have run out of your own.
[ Patience and Endurance ] Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen.
The harvest is coming. “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”