“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4:13
I am currently reading a book about single parenting by Angela Thomas (a book for single moms, written by a single mom). It’s one of those books that I think everyone should read. If you’re single, if you’re a parent, if you’re anyone who knows a single parent. It’s a great book and has excellent lessons on setting good boundaries and parenting with integrity. I’ve really enjoyed reading it.
One of the moments she describes in the book is the day she knew that everything would be okay for her and her four children. Her husband left her nothing in their divorce, and she had to sell the diamond from her engagement ring to take care of her kids. She writes that she knew, in that moment, that everything was going to be okay.
I’m thankful that my life hasn’t come something so dire, but there are moments when I wonder how I’m going to make things work and times when I really question if things are going to turn out for my son and I. But I also have moments like Angela does, where I think that it’s going to be all right.
The moment that comes to mind was the other day, as I was leaving Home Depot. It occurred to me recently that a coffee table isn’t a great thing to have when a baby is learning to scoot his way around the house, so I decided to move the table and put an area rug there instead. I was pushing my little guy in his stroller with one hand and carrying a 5’ x 8’ rug under the other arm. When I got home, I carried our (rather large) Mission-style coffee table into the basement and spread the rug out in my living room. I didn’t cry because there wasn’t anyone around to help me do this project. I didn’t do a great job carrying the coffee table down the stairs by myself, but it got done and no one got hurt. And in that moment, I thought, “It’s going to be okay.”
Because I know, now more than ever in my life, that God is going to take care of me. And yes, this is all harder than anything I could have imagined. But it’s going to work out in the end, if not on earth, then in heaven. And I want to live every day in such a way that when I get to eternity, God will be able to look at me and say, “Well done, good and faithful one.”