There are two kinds of parents in the world: those who love to teach their children to do all sorts of chores, and those who would rather do it all themselves. It’s easier to do it all ourselves. As adults, we have all sorts of physical and mental advantages when it comes to chores. We’re taller, so we can reach higher places without everything crashing on our heads. We’re stronger, so loads of laundry can be carried quickly and easily. We have decades more experience, so we understand why scrubbing the toilet with someone’s toothbrush is a bad idea.
Teaching kids all this stuff takes a long time. A five minute chore can take twenty minutes when broken down into kid-sized parts. Here are two examples:
A Mom and Child Doing the Laundry Together for the First Time:
“The laundry detergent goes in this slot. No, not that one. That’s for bleach. No, not that one; that’s for softener. Softener makes our clothes nice and soft and it smells nice. No, you can’t bathe your stuffed dog in it. It’s just for adding to the end of the wash. Now we need to put in the dark clothes. No, that’s not a dark towel, it’s pink. I know it’s kind of a dark pink, but it’s the wrong kind of pink. Okay, now turn on the water. No, we want a warm wash. Not the long cycle, the quick one. Your brother is out of clean underwear and we have to leave in an hour. No, he can’t wear yours. Why don’t you go help your father in the garage?”
A Mom Doing Laundry Alone:
Open washer. Put in laundry. Add various detergents and softeners. Close washer. Start wash.
I think we can all see why millions of adults now wander through life with no idea of how to do laundry. Their mothers just couldn’t take the stress.
I also think it’s clear what kind of a parent our Heavenly Father is. He’s the kind of parent who lets His children learn everything themselves. He takes a hands-off approach to parenting. When was the last time God physically showed up and did your chores? Or handled that big meeting at work? Or worked your shift in the church nursery? If we’re honest, sometimes it feels like God hands us a heavy workload and then disappears out the door without us. The weight of our responsibilities can seem too heavy to carry alone, like handing a child a paintbrush and telling them to finish the exterior of the house by lunch.
A mature Christian knows that no matter what the situation, God is never far from us. Our Heavenly Father lets us learn, make mistakes, and grow through the process. But He never leaves us. He is never overwhelmed by our tasks or chores. He is more than capable to handle our needs; His arm is not too short to save. We only need to ask for His help and then trust that He is able to reach us when we need Him.
Here are some verses of encouragement if you are wondering where God is today:
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1
When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Was my arm too short to ransom you? Do I lack the strength to recue you? By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn rivers into a desert… Isaiah 50:2a
My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm. Isaiah 51:5
Our Heavenly Father is right here! His arm is strong and waiting to save you from whatever situation is too much for you. Trust Him today; you are not out of His reach! Just like when your child cries to you for help and you run to assist, God is listening for your call.