Whac A Mole… It was my favorite game at the Roller Land Skating Rink. Sideways pony tails, tight rolled acid wash blue jeans, hair band ballads, disco lights… Oh where was I? Oh yeah, I was hitting the living daylights out of that little fellow with my rubber mallet. If only I would have known how that game would represent how I feel about my grown up life. Let me explain…
I’ve lived my whole life like that little mole, sticking my head up into the sunlight and being hit on the head with that oversized hammer.
Found the love of my life. “Sunlight!”
Let’s start a family…miscarriage. “Whack!”
Oh, we’re preggers and 9 months later we have my sweet baby Sam. “Sunlight!”
My husband went back to school and finally graduated! “Sunlight!”
The company he interned with went through a merger and the only place they are hiring is in Idaho. “Whack!”
Now we have three kids and we’re finally completely debt free! “Sunlight!”
Surprise fourth baby on the way! “Sunlight!”
Very high deductible having to be met after having that sweet baby. “Whack!”
Our sweet old dog gets very sick and passes on after lots of expensive treatments. Bring on the debt again. “Whack!”
You probably are getting the pattern so I’ll try my best to connect it all for you with God’s word. Just stay with me.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
Gosh those whacks hurt but I love the sunlight.
The sunlight in my life makes that whack so worth it. I’d go through them all over again to experience the light!
Mommas, God didn’t give us a spirit of fear. He gives us courage.
Courage so that we will keep poking our head out, because we know that even if the hammer comes down, it’s not the end of the game.
We know how this game ends.
Keep pressing on.
Keep popping up.
Let our kids watch us.
Teach your sweet kiddos to have courage in this life.
Teach them to pop back up too.
Encourage them when they get hit by life’s hammer.
I leave you with Aaron’s prayer of blessing from Numbers 6.
Be strong. Be courageous. The Lord will never leave you!
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
-Numbers 6:24-26 NIV
Elizabeth Doan is married to her hubby David for 14 years. Mother to four wonderful kiddos: Sam (10), Sarah (8), Evie Joy (4), and Sadie Rose (6 months). Homeschooling Momma for 4 years with 17 years to go! Elizabeth’s favorite quote in the whole wide world is: “Life is frittered away by details. Simplify, simplify.” -Henry David Thoreau