Those Muddy Waters of Parenting

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Have you ever felt in over your head as a parent?  The situation may seem so deep that you feel as if you are going to drown.  Other times it feels more like you are treading through turbulent waters.

Then there are the times when you feel stuck in muddy waters.  Nothing is changing.  Your prayers feel unanswered.  You don’t see how there can be any way out.

Wouldn’t we all prefer parenting to be smooth sailing?  As I am thinking about the symbolism of water to parenting, I am also recalling nearly 21 years ago when my husband and I went on our honeymoon to theBahamas.

I can still remember how crystal clear the waters were.  You could see the fish swimming around your feet.  And because it was so clear, you had no trouble with navigating.  Ahhh…those are the moments in parenting I most enjoy.  The way around is so clear.

At some point, we will all experience muddy waters in parenting.  Things are a bit murkier.  You are without clarity and may feel as if there is no way to move forward or even backward.

I have never actually been stuck in the mud but I have been stuck in the snow.  Revving the tires, you begin to feel desperate to get unstuck.  But the more you rev them up, the deeper you dig yourself in.

Instead, you have to take careful steps to get out.  You slowly work your way through.  The same would be true for someone stuck in the mud, including those muddy waters of parenting.

Some things just take time.  But you don’t give up.  You don’t give up because you aren’t wallowing in that mud alone.  Psalm 40:2 (NIV) says, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”

Keep pressing in.  He WILL lift you up and out of those muddy waters.

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