It is one of those irritating things – the new ATM pin for one of those fancy chip replacement card just didn’t work. I then had to waste an hour queuing and re-queuing to try different pins without pissing the people in the queue behind me. When all fails, I had to queue at another bank’s ATM. It then hit me that in life, we have many inconveniences – falling sick, home appliances failing or train breakdown during office commuting hours! But what of our children? I ask myself if I have ever viewed my daughter or her eczema as an inconvenience.
The answer is probably yes. Sometimes I want to finish my chores, but have to stop to take care of my daughter. Some days I want a long shower, but I have to shower with my daughter to make sure that her anti-fungal shampoo and anti-bacterial body wash are used correctly. I then remember Jesus, how he never viewed the children as a nuisance, for instance when children were brought to him for prayers (Matthew Chapter 19:13-14). He also stopped or detoured in his journey to talk, heal and help others, for instance he healed a little girl (Mark 5:23). It then occurred to me that maybe life is made up of inconveniences! At least for parents of eczema children, with so much time spent on skincare, we might as well use this time as family time rather than view it as an inconvenient time! I pray that all of us have the wisdom to parent our children, despite the inconveniences from eczema.
Mark 19:13-15 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
God, help me to be a good mom even when it comes with inconveniences
Help to be a good daughter when when it becomes inconvenient
Help to be your good child despite the inconveniences
With God, there is no inconvenience