Help! Everyone Wants A Piece of Me!
“…a ruler came and knelt before [Jesus] and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.’ Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.”
Erica was so unhappy. Uncomfortable was the only word to describe this third child of mine. We never experienced colic with the first two babies, but this one had been crying non-stop for nearly six months. My two older children were six and four and still needed a lot of my attention. On one particular day I remember feeling like I had a baby attached to my breast and a preschooler attached to each leg the entire day. I finally tucked everyone into bed for the night and I made a beeline for my own bed…only to find a husband with a gleam in his eye!
I wanted to scream, “If one more person touches this body, I’ll lose it!”
Let’s face it. When we launch into the journey of motherhood, it takes a physical toll on us. If you give birth, you lose all sense of modesty once labor sets in. Every part of your body is pushed, pulled, looked at, and touched in ways you would have never imagined possible. Once that beautiful little one is placed in your arms, he begins rooting for his first meal and your breasts suddenly have a new job.
Maybe you came into motherhood through adoption. Still, children have to be carried as infants. As they enter the toddler and preschool years they seem to think you are a moving piece of playground equipment—jumping, hanging, and climbing on you non-stop.
We can’t forget dad in all of this. In the midst of all the “little people” demanding their needs be met, dad can easily move from his well-earned place on the top of the priority list to right under “feed the dog” at the bottom of the list. That’s not the way it should be…it just happens if we’re not careful.
When Jesus lived on this earth, it seemed that everyone wanted a piece of him. They wanted his time and his touch. Some waited patiently for their turn and others, like the woman described above, pushed their way through the crowd to simply touch the hem of his garment. Jesus’ experience on this earth is very similar to ours as mothers. Our family wants our time and our touch. Some wait patiently (like a weary husband) and others demand their way (like a screaming baby). Jesus was in high demand, and as mothers we are in high demand, as well.
Jesus modeled for us how to handle the demands that are placed upon us. His strategies included prayer and knowing how to find quiet moments in the midst of the chaos. Most importantly, though, He understands. He gets it. He knows what it feels like for everyone to want a piece of you.
Thank you, God, for the diary of your life in the Bible. Thank you for the stories about everyone wanting to touch you and spend time with you. You really do understand me and how it feels like everyone wants a piece of me. Help me to find your peace in the midst of mothering. Help me to keep my eyes on You, moving my focus from the mountains in my life to you, the Mountain Mover.
In Jesus name…Amen.
Have you ever thought about how Jesus understands your life as a mom?