I see you mama. I see you change your baby’s diaper so they can do their business with a fresh start. I see you cleaning your kid’s clothes so they are good to get dirty again. And I see you washing those dishes so they can be used up and put right back on the counter.
I see you, because I am you. But what’s more is that God sees you. He sees your heart and He sees the love that overflows into those clean diapers, dishes and clothes. Parenting is an offering, one that requires just as much sacrifice as the tithe we give in church. It is the giving of ourselves, our time, our comfort, so that God is glorified. God tells us over and over again in the Bible that He sees the unseen, because he knows what is in our hearts and He sees what others don’t.
The struggle comes when we want others to see all the work we are doing. We see how others present their parenting and think that because our parenting isn’t on display, it doesn’t hold as much value.. There is nothing wrong with wanting appreciation for the work we do, but when we start putting our value other’s responses, we are going to be letdown.
In Matthew 6:4 Jesus says, “so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” When Jesus is speaking, He is both warning and encouraging the crowds. He warns against flashy worship, telling us that God does not care for the outward gestures that look good to the world. He looks at the heart and rewards those who faithfully worship out of the spotlight.
Parenting is tricky because people can only see snapshots of our lives. However, our job as parents is not to prove ourselves to the world, but to serve our families in a way that glorifies God. It is so important to remember that the small chores done every day, out of sight, are an act of giving and service.
Take heart mama, your hard work does not go unseen. God loves your obedient heart and He sees your giving each day. When you are washing dishes, folding clothes and changing diapers, remember that we are only capable of such love because we are loved. Never lose sight of who you are serving, because when it is God you serve, it will never go unseen.