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Prayer For Week of May 13–Under The Apron

May 13, 2013
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Today is National Wear Your Apron Day!  It’s always the day after Mother’s Day.  And we observe it religiously.  🙂

Famous (or infamous) Susanna Wesley believed in daily prayer.  It must be so because her sons birthed a movement for Christ.  But she had a passel of children and finding a quiet place and time to pray was challenging.  So she would flip her apron over her head.  It is said that her children knew that when Mama was under her apron they were not to bother her.  She was talking to the Lord.

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Van Gogh’s Woman Praying

I could use a little more time under my apron.  As any mother knows you can’t even get privacy in the bathroom!  As soon as I climb into the tub I’m host to a parade.  All of a sudden there are a dozen questions to be answered–urgently, outfits (or get-ups….there’s a fine line) to approve, splinters to take out, and “Mommy, how long will you be in there?”

When I tie on my apron my mind switches from relaxed to industrious.  Suddenly I feel like mulching the garden, making floral arrangements for every room, baking some cookies and tidying the place up.  When that’s done how about an old fashioned hand-written letter to a grandmother, a long-distance friend, or just someone that could use a little cheering up.

I firmly believe that my job–raising these little people who call me Mommy–is the most important job in the world.  Maybe that sounds like a trite little thing women say to themselves to assuage feelings of insecurity for not doing the really important things–you know like working at the bank or writing for the newspaper or teaching other people’s children.  But, it is not just something I say.  It’s something I mean.

The most important time in all of our earthly lives is when we are wee ones at our mother’s knees, when we play in our nurseries and eat raisins from a little cup while someone tells us nursery rhymes and fairy tales.  If you think about it, adults rarely talk about anything really important or eternal.  In the big scheme of things, mortgage rates, what so-and-so wore on the red carpet, when we should put tires on the car, what the State Legislature is currently doing–well, it’s just not that important.  Children on the other hand ask the real existential questions.

What’s on the other side of the sky?

Will animals be with us in heaven?

If Jesus is King, who is Queen?

Is there a reason I can’t have ice cream for breakfast?

The person who gets to shape a young mind and answer these questions and verily, put the entire universe in context for another, has the most important job in the world.  Tomorrow’s movers and shakers are today being toted around in MobyWraps while their mother’s read the labels on cereal at Trader Joe’s.  Tomorrow’s politicians, apostles, and those who will look out for our souls are today having their souls shaped while their mothers teach them to potty, say their ABC’s and use a spoon.

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My mother tells the story, much to my chagrin, of how she asked me when I was a young child what I wanted to be when I grow up.  I named a few things.  She said, “How about a mommy?”  I replied, “Oh, no.  I want to do something important.”

And now I cannot imagine leaving my home and my apron for a cubical and a briefcase.  The demotion would kill me.

“It is not difficult to see why the female became the emblem of the universal … Nature …. surrounded her with very young children, who require being taught not so much anything as everything. Babies need not to be taught a trade, but to be introduced to a world. To put the matter shortly, woman is generally shut up in a house with a human being at the time when he asks all the questions that there are, and some that there aren’t. It would be odd if she retained any of the narrowness of a specialist. Now if anyone says that this duty of general enlightenment … is in itself too exacting and oppressive, I can understand the view. I can only answer that our race has thought it worth while to cast this burden on women in order to keep common-sense in the world. … How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.”  G. K. Chesterton

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So, ladies, how about a little time under our aprons getting the perspective of heaven and then a little time with our aprons on changing the course of the world.  Who knew that apron strings were a means of bringing heaven to earth!

I’ll start with a tea cake and go from there.  Let’s see where God leads me today, under my apron.

Father, may I do Your will today.  Give me Your grace, Your wisdom, Your understanding, Your love.  I confess I don’t have quite enough on my own.  But You are abundant.  And so, as I spend these moments reflecting on all the attributes of You–the perfect parent, spouse, and friend, and as I, in faith, strap on my apron, I thank You and give You glory.  And remind me, Lord, if I get overwhelmed, to return to this place, under my apron–under Your mercy, grace and authority.  Empower me.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

(Linked to Titus 2 Tuesday, Backyard Farming Connection, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, and A Little R and RHope In Every SeasonTasty Traditions and Thankful Thursday and Making A Happy Home)

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Georgina permalink
    May 13, 2013 8:16 am

    I got teary reading this one…actually many of your posts have done that 🙂 I, as you Daja, did not think of motherhood as a career to be pursued. I didn’t have a longing for it all. But God surprised me! Once I became a mother, no other career seemed as important and caring for my family became my favorite way of spending time 🙂 I love it and thank God for giving me a husband that allows me to stay home. I often thank him and remind him that I am not home watching soaps and eating bonbons 😉 I am convicted of my need for concentrated prayer time, but I cannot agree about the apron idea. As lovely as they are made nowadays, I simply cannot endure adding a layer of clothing…I get hot too easily! But you gals look fabulous!

  2. Jeannie permalink
    May 13, 2013 5:25 pm

    Wished there had been someone in my life like you. One who bears her heart and love for her babies!

  3. May 15, 2013 8:10 pm

    Sometimes we stumble upon the wisdom we need in this very moment. This lovely post on motherhood and prayer is EXACTLY what I need after a long day IN and apron and no time spent UNDER it. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Natalie permalink
    May 16, 2013 8:04 pm

    Where is that Chesterton quote from? Love it!!

    • May 16, 2013 9:56 pm

      “What’s Wrong With The World” by Chesterton.

      Glad you like it!

  5. May 22, 2013 12:25 am

    Wow – I didn’t know about National Apron Day. But I sure do know about Suzanna Wesley. What a wonderful woman to emulate! But what truth there is in this post about more time “under the apron”. Thank you for sharing this!

  6. May 22, 2013 3:33 pm

    I may need to stock up on some aprons! Doing better on the domestic side is something that I’m working on and praying about. This post has inspired and motivated me in more ways than one! Thank you!

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