The last couple days were rough in the Kappers' household. Melanie came down with the stomach-flu early in the morning and was generally out of commission for the whole day. That left me to play Pastor Ben and Mr. Mom. I did my usual Tuesday morning reading, made the worship bulletin for this week, blogged, and took care of a few other pastoral responsibilities and then I also changed diapers, made meals, went to the grocery store, put Caleb down for his naps and got him up from his naps. I was feeling exhausted by noon!
This reminded me of a passage from Genesis, "The Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'" (2:18) The Lord in his infinite wisdom knew that days like yesterday would not be a healthy norm for his creature formed in his very own image. Man would benefit greatly from sharing responsibilities with a counterpart. And so the Lord made woman, and praise him for it!
Sometimes it takes a day like yesterday to remind us of the wisdom and generous providence of our heavenly Father. I have a wife who shares and bears many responsibilities that I simply couldn't handle day-in and day-out on my own.
I'm thankful for the Lord's provision in my life and for Melanie's service to our family...I just wish she hadn't shared her stomach flu with me.