Continuing in the acronym PRE-HEAT, I want to briefly look at the “R” now. I can’t speak for all women, but I can speak for Amy (and the same goes for myself). We need to relax. We both believe God is Sovereign and in control of all things. We also believe that doesn’t negate human responsibility. Both are true.
But when responsibility bumps up against sovereignty, sovereignty always wins. What I mean is that you can be completely irresponsible and do all the wrong things, and God can still redeem the situation. And you can be completely responsible, and not see the outcome you so desired.
Amy and I often err on the side of responsibility, so that causes us not to be lazy (and that’s good), but it also keeps us from relaxing (not good). Whether its child rearing, going to work, worrying about children, relationships, family, or whatever, a good prayer is for women to be able to relax. For Amy, relaxing that bills will be paid, Connar will love Jesus, learn to listen, and speak in real sentences some day. Relaxing is hard for someone chasing after a rambunctious 23 month old little boy, and will only get harder when the next child hits the scene.
In Colossians 1:29, Paul speaks of “his (Christ’s) energy, which so powerfully works in me.” That’s why we can hopefully pray for women who are juggling 30 things, to relax even amidst their labors. Now this doesn’t negate the necessity to actually relax, stop working, and take a sabbath rest or even a daily break with a glass of sweet tea or wine. But before that time, my prayer is that Amy feels relaxed amidst her busyness, responsibilities, and concerns.