This morning has been the very definition of perfect.
Waking up with sun, knowing that I have plenty of time to do whatever I want to do.
Spending hours in the Word, digging deep into I John, letting the Word transform me.
Getting dressed and going to my car to get my hairbrush (which I left there yesterday after a rather rushed morning).
Bringing in the waffle blocks I’d bought at a used store last week. Searching for the perfect striped twill I’d gotten a few weeks before to make toy bags with. Cutting out a bag in the right size.
Seeing that my sewing machine was already threaded with black thread and deciding to get my black mending done while I was at it. Having plenty of time to mend several dresses and a couple pairs of slacks, even to rip out a seam that I wasn’t satisfied with.
Changing to white thread and whipping up the toy bag. Running the rope in the casing and filling the bag with waffle blocks.
Making my breakfast and enjoying it while writing a blog post.
No morning could be better.
Yet even in this, my heart is not content.
Like Naomi, returning to her homeland when God has visited His people with food, I entreat those around me to call me Mara.
God may have abundantly blessed me with today, but I am bitter that this is not my every morning. I am bitter that I have no children to play with my waffle blocks, no someone to admire my recently altered dress. I am bitter that I must work long hours in the world, leaving few for the home where I love to be.
I speak to my soul, telling it to be quiet. “Be still. Be at rest. Rejoice in the day that the Lord has given you.”
My heart does not want to listen. It wants to wallow in discontent.
I must point Mara to the end of her story, to Obed, to the promise of God in Christ.
I am not husband-less. I have Christ.
I am not child-less. I have Christ.
I am not without a Provider. I have Christ.
So do not call me Mara. I am not she.
Bitterness has no place in my soul.
Instead, I will sing like the women singing to Naomi:
“Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”
I will choose to sing with these:
“Blessed be the Lord, who has not left me this day without a Redeemer. May His name be renowned in all the earth. He is my restorer of life and the nourisher of my age; for He is more to me than anything.”