“Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
I have heard September called the “Mom Olympics” with all the obstacles we have to overcome to get our kids settled back at school. If September is the Olympics, June must be the Olympic Trials. As the school year winds down, our days wind up into a frenzied whirlwind of school concerts, field trips, field days, class parties, etc.
I remember when my kids were little and we’d be out and about. At least once a week, an older mother or grandmother would stop me and say, “Savor this time; it goes so fast.” It usually was during a bad moment, when all I wanted was for time to speed up, to get through that moment or current phase and arrive at an easier one.
I do feel like I’m finally there: at an easier phase. My kids are old enough to be independent, yet young enough to still listen. Zack may be turning thirteen in August, but we aren’t facing those difficult teenage issues yet. If I really think about it, life is perfect!
Except for this end-of-the-school-year madness. Not only does the busy-ness blur my vision of my children, but it makes me feel harried and depleted. With more things to do than there is time to do them in, I have less patience and a shorter fuse. I’m not the mom I want to be. I don’t feel “clean of heart” at all.
A better mother would rise above the chaos. But I’m not her. Instead, I’ve been counting the days until summer. I crave the white space in our calendar, and the down-time with my kids.
I know from past experience that summer is when I’ll exhale, all my impatience and angst dissipating like smoke. I’ll shift my focus towards cleaning up my heart, prioritizing what really matters, and seeing God in each of my children’s eyes.
Happy start of summer everyone!
Questions For Reflection:
* How have I been handling the craziness of the final weeks of school?
* Have I taken the time to see God in my children in the midst of the chaos?
* If not, can I structure my summer so that I do?