Another Day on the Job

But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. Exodus 1:17 (KJV)

Do you face this dilemma? Do I work or be a stay-at-home Mom? It’s a question asked by mothers everyday. Some will say, “You need to be home in order for the home to be a secure place.” Others will say, “You can do it if you have priorities in the correct order and keep on schedule.”

It is the dilemma I faced as my children entered school age and expense was growing as quick as my boys’ feet. Jim’s employment did not include the benefit of medical insurance. If I chose not to work it was a choice of not having any medical coverage.

The decision was mutual. I worked in order to have medical coverage. The guilt was horrendous. As I sat at my desk I would look down at my watch and realize the dismissal time from school. I asked God to watch the house and to send an extra angel to walk beside Josh, Ben and Kristin as they made their way home.

Do you think about women in the Bible holding down a job? I asked God to let me see this issue in His way of thinking. One day while reading the account of Moses I saw the midwives in a new way. While they were delivering babies they were doing their job. God placed who was needed to save the Israelites’ deliverer. I’m sure the midwives had no inkling of who they were delivering that day. He was a baby boy, but the promise to Israel was to be his legacy.

My children are grown. We reminisce about the days of hurried mornings, trying to find homework, and running to catch the bus. Do I regret my choice to continue working? No. It taught my children the meaning of work and what it takes to be responsible.

Are you concerned with your place? Does it seem you have no significance in what you do? Just keep in mind two little midwives who were in their God-appointed place doing their job. Their contribution brought about the deliverance of Israel in the wilderness.

May I be found doing Your work wherever You have placed me whether it be at home, at church, or in the workplace. Amen.

Thought for the day: I am sure that I am in the center of God's will regardless of the circumstance.