Often after a long day I will recount the difficult details of the kids fighting, not helping and the messes they make to my husband. I start to feel guilty that I am not being as gentle and kind to them as I know the Savior would be.
Then my husband will say, “Yes, but he didn’t spend all day, day after day with them.”
But then I read John 13:33, “Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me.”
Talking to his disciples he referred to them as children… and he was with them day after day, but he wasn’t with them all day, day after day.
He, too, like many mothers — I dare say all mothers — needed time to himself.
“And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.” Luke 5:16
“And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” Matt 14:23, emphasis added.
Mothers, maybe one of the keys to Christ’s gentleness with the children and even his apostles was due to the times he had to be by himself. Time where he could meditate in silence, pray out loud and just be alone for a moment.
I know I need those quiet moments to connect with God and refocus on my divine role as a mother and daughter of God.
Christ really is the perfect example of all things.
What will you do during your time by yourself?