The world tells us that what matters most is the grand, the visible, the powerful. But Jesus speaks of children, mustard seeds and yeast (an organism so small it’s invisible to the naked eye!). His language is not power and greatness, but meekness, humility and smallness.
Are we willing to walk into the small places, where breakfast needs serving and high chairs need cleaning and the baby is always insisting on knocking the hat basket onto the floor? Where the highlights of the day are blanket forts and kitchen dance parties and a cardboard box? There are no accolades here and few mountaintop moments. The hidden life of a mother is often small, unseen and seemingly inconsequential, and yet Jesus makes it clear that those are the perfect conditions to thrive.
Noel Miller is a stay-at-home mother, writer and photographer. She was born and raised in Chicagoland where she lives with her husband and their three little ones (ages baby to five). She writes about faith, family, and home at www.theologyofpie.com.