The very next morning I awoke to dirty dishes in the sink, a minivan at the mechanic's, and an empty refrigerator in desperate need of a trip to Wal Mart. My work was cut out for me. I might have anticipated that the day would be woven with weariness right from the start when my son and I headed out the door for school, only to realize that my husband had left an hour earlier -- with my car keys in his pocket. Hello, reality.
Home life can be ordinary, predictable, and yes -- even a tad mundane at times. I'm sure you can relate: You pay your bills, show up to work on time, stay faithful to your spouse. You set your alarm for 5 am to drive your child to a before-school practice when you desperately need the extra hour of sleep. It's a non-glamorous routine that doesn't warrant a YouTube video or a splashy Twitter post.
Scripture refers to this as the "straight and narrow." Proverbs 4:25 instructs, "Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you", and reminds us that "folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course." (Prov 15:21)
The world might call it boring. Tedious. Something to avoid at all costs.
God calls it faithful. Persevering. Something to pursue at all costs.
I call it being a wife and mom. And it's one of the greatest privileges I could imagine.