I talk to so many stay at home moms who absolutely love the opportunity to be with their kids. At the same time, I hear over and over questions asked about whether God will still want to use them after this stage is done, or at least when there is a little more time. I was struck by what Jesus said to a man who I think can really apply to moms in the season of staying home. Not only to moms, but to anyone who has been asked to stay where they are for the time being. It was a real encouragement to me.
Jesus was told about a man possessed by many demons. His whole heart, body and life were controlled by a demonic force. This poor man lived homeless, in a cemetery not even in his right mind to realize he was naked. In a moment, Jesus drove the demons out of the man and into a herd of pigs. The crowds were astonished. This psychotic man who couldn’t even be held by chains was now sitting clothed and in his right mind! In seconds his life was back. The joy and thankfulness that filled that man’s heart could be simply unknown to us unless we experience forgiveness to that degree.
But this is what stood out to me:
The man who had been freed from the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him home, saying, “No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” (Luke 8:38-39)
I’m sure this man was so disappointed when Jesus sent him home. He craved a closeness with Jesus, and desired nothing more than to be right with him and his disciples. But Jesus said no. For that season of this man’s life he was to go back home and share what Jesus had done for him with his friends and family.
I guarantee that his testimony would have been shared in front of large crowds and he could have been a great attraction for an outreach or a service. However, he needed to share his miracle with those closest to him first.
If you feel confined to your workplace, home, or any other environment, and you know that’s where God has you, share your story with those around you. Share the miracle Jesus has done in your life. Give him glory, and in the right time you will be called to the next setting.
Mom’s – don’t make the same mistake some of the women of old did in thinking their call from God was greater than their family. All the things God has placed on your heart, will work together with your family and your kids. God will not ask you to forsake one to pursue the other.