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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Mothering through the Sand Dunes of Life

The Internet Cafe welcomes Melissa Steckann!

"and they will do well from the treasures hidden in the sand on the shore." Deuteronomy
Out in the middle of no where, among the Rocky Mountains are acres of sand. Great Sand Dunes National Park is a fascinating place to visit; it is like being at the ocean except the ocean is missing. Leading up to beautiful soft yellow mountains of sand is a vast, expanse of smooth, flat, sandy ground. Some of the flat ground leading up to the dunes is easy to walk through as the sand is compressed; other places the sand is soft making walking more difficult.

The National Park Service is unable to create a map of trails, because the sand dunes are constantly shifting.During our visit to the park, the thought occurred to me that the adventure of motherhood is like exploring sand dunes.

Some days mothering is easy, like walking on firm sand. Other days are tough, no major obstacles, just harder and physically exhausting, like walking through soft sand. While other days are like climbing a mountain of sand.


We've all had difficult days. You wake up two hours late; the baby slept through her 6am feeding. Even though you enjoyed the extra sleep, you've missed that small window of time you had to take a shower. The day doesn't get better. The toddler and the baby both wake up cranky, with stuffy noses and sore throats. After an hour wait the doctor tells you they have a virus and it just will need to run its course. Back at home you remember there isn't anything for lunch, because today was supposed to be grocery shopping day. After feeding the kids cereal you begin the process of getting everyone down for a nap. With nap time under way, you quickly clean up the breakfast dishes, begin a load of laundry, take out the trash and pick up the Duplos the toddler scattered all over the living room and kitchen. Feeling exhausted you decide to lay down for a 10 minute power nap; as you head touches the pillow, crying is heard from the bedroom.

You feel like you have been climbing a mountain of sand,never gaining more them a few steps forward before sliding back to where you started, and your day is only half over.

In Deuteronomy 33:19
Moses pronounces a blessing over the tribe of Zebulun. He declares that they will feast on "treasures hidden in the sand."

Our children are treasures, but on very difficult days we need to remember to bend down and dig. Digging in the sand isn't hard and often we don't have to dig deep before we find an unexpected treasure or uncover a blessing.

Maybe you had a few extra minutes of cuddling time with your preschooler, maybe your toddler said something that brought a smile to your face, or maybe Visitors to Great Sand Dunes National Park are encouraged to enjoy, explore, and learn during their visit. We need to do the same as mothers; we need to enjoy the mundane days for their quietness, learn from the difficult days, and explore on the sunny days. We need to discover anew the treasures of our children. Motherhood is a fascinating journey, one in which we can grow and change like the shifting sand of the National Park.

In Him,
Melissa Steckann

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Blogger Denise said...

Bless you dear.

June 20, 2009 at 1:54 AM  
Blogger TCKK said...

What a great analogy! Thanks for sharing.

June 20, 2009 at 8:07 AM  
Anonymous HisFireFly said...

Beautiful! And yes, God does have moments hidden for us to find, treasures and lessons and joys. Thank you for sharing.

June 20, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger beckyquilts said...

Boy, did I recognize myself in this article. I don't know how many times I have laid my head down for a power nap and been rudely awakened by crying from the bedrooms. I have a lot of trouble digging for the treasures, so thanks for the reminder that they are not hard to find!

June 20, 2009 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Wow, so true! God Bless

June 21, 2009 at 9:07 AM  

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