Groundhog Day? Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. After a while, he begins to re-examine his life and priorities. I remember laughing as I watched Phil Connors fall asleep only to wake up and realize he was reliving the same day over and over again. I’m not sure about you, but that’s often how parenting feels to me. With seven kids at home I wake up to the same shoes scattered around the living room, the same dishes in the sink and the same voices saying, “Mom, Mom, Moooooom!” I asked a few friends if parenting also felt like Groundhog Day to them, and these were some of their responses:
Jessica: Oh the lessons we teach over and over and over again… Betty: Clean, wash, pick up, tell them to wipe their feet, close the door, stop bothering your sister…next day, the same…and the next…and the next…
Lori: It’s the same, day after, day after day. Pick up your socks! Did you do your chores? How come you didn’t feed the dogs? Are you hungry? The dogs are too. Why did you leave your backpack in the middle of the kitchen again? Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Did you clean your room at all while you were in here or just play?!
Elizabeth: Clean your teeth! Clean your teeth! Clean your teeth! Heidi: You’re always thinking about cooking dinner, and running laundry. Arguments and quarrels about past topics resurface, too.
I really liked this one: Karen: The same little pesky things that steal our joy keep popping up, over and over and over again. Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever feel as if the cleaning and cooking, the disciplining and discipling never end?
My friend Bonnie thought of it a different way, “We can get stuck and overwhelmed in the sameness or we can wake up and use it as an opportunity to learn and grow from it.” I like that! It also makes me think of one of my favorite verses:
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning, Lamentations 3:23 (NLT)
No matter what we face—even things we face over and over and over—God is there to help us in the midst of it. I used to think I could only go to God about the big stuff, but over the years as a mom, I’ve learned that whatever concerns me concerns Him, too. I’ve prayed about how overwhelmed I feel about laundry. I’ve prayed about what to make for dinner (honestly I have). I’ve prayed about big things, too, like adopting more kids and asking my grandma to move in with us. But it’s wonderful to know that I can go to God about anything and He shows up over and over again.
No matter what your day holds God is there for you. Remember that. Turn to Him, and He will show you how to tackle whatever the day holds. He’s the most faithful of all and can be counted on.
How does parenting feel like groundhog day to you? In what ways does God keep showing up in your life?