The Princess and the Pea
Mastering peace within the madness of motherhood
Remember that powerful image from the classic tale, ‘The Princess and the Pea’?
The princess is sky high in the air on layers upon layers of mattresses, and, way down below, in the most inconspicuous fashion, lays the pea. The princess just cannot seem to find comfort between all of the mattresses, and the nagging pangs of the pea.
As a mom, sometimes I can feel as if life has come upon me like a mountain of mattresses.
Any given day, there are mounds and mounds of things that come between me and my to do list – phone calls and spills and bottles and diapers and misplaced toys and no end to the surprises that stack upon each other like Jenga blocks.
And, one must not forget the pea, nudging and prodding in my back, representing every single unfinished or pending task that there was simply not enough time to do. All of the swirling, spiraling surprises and tasks are ready to frustrate and dismantle my day from the second I wake from the Land of Nod – which can make one raging war of a person in an instant.
In overwhelming moments like these, when I could literally spit nails into the center of a bull’s eye, I am most thankful for the God that I serve. In times of despair, I am reminded that Christ is the Prince of Peace, and as his bride, I am a princess. But, not just any princess, I am the Princess of Peace, and if you are in Christ, my friend, you are too. No matter what’s nudging and prodding at me, or how many mounds of things slap me in the face on a given day, it is during these most stressful times as a mom that I am graciously reminded to “commit [my] way to the Lord; trust in Him; and He will act” (Psalm 37:5). And, I find peace, in spite of the mounds of mattresses, the pea, and anything else that might come my way.
And if, by chance, my stressful day has left any iniquity within my heart, I know to “repent therefore, and turn back that [my] sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for [me], Jesus.” (Acts 3:19-20).
At the end of the day, we are a collection of mere moments – magical, merciful, or menacing, and making the most of them is something we all have been blessed with the power to do.