“Have you ever felt unappreciated? Or taken for granted that Mom does all things, is a clock, a car to order, a crystal ball who knows where everything is, etc.? This is a story for all moms out there. And to the men reading this, it really shows what we mothers go through. We may be invisible but actually we are building cathedrals in our family’s hearts!
“It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I’m on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I’m thinking, “Can’t you see I’m on the phone?” Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this? Or I’m a clock to ask, “What time is it?” I’m a satellite guide to answer, “What number is the Disney Channel”. Some days I’m a crystal ball; “Where’s my other sock?, Where’s my phone?, What’s for dinner?”
“One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. She gifted me a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn’t exactly sure why she’d given it to me until I read her inscription: “With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.” In the days ahead I would read – no, devour – the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:
1.) No one can say who built the great cathedrals – we have no record of their names.
2.) These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
3.) They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
4.) The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.
“A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, “Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof. No one will ever see it.” And the workman replied, “Because God sees.”
“I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.
“As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.” Source: GodVine.com