When Mrs. Norvell was interviewed after her retirement about her outstanding commitment, she replied, “There isn’t anything unusual about a woman keeping a light in her window to guide people home. I just happen to keep a bigger light because I have so many people to get safely home.”* In other words, it was just her job.
What Mrs. Norvell said reminded me of the last conversation I had with my mother. She was in a hospital bed after breaking her hip and suffered from congestive heart disease. I hadn’t seen her often because I lived in another state, but she was still lucid enough to ask me how I was doing, and how my children were. She said, “I worry about you.” I’d heard this from her my whole life and didn’t understand. However, that day I asked her about it. “Why, Mother? Why do you worry about me?” Her response, “That’s my job.” And then I understood what she meant. It was just her job as a mother to worry about, to care for me, her child.
I wonder if Mrs. Norvell ever thought she couldn’t handle the responsibility. Did she think the job was too big for her, too demanding? If she did, it didn’t stop her from doing the best she could with what she had. Why? Because it was her job.
Sometimes I’m faced with a responsibility which seems too big for me to handle. I doubt my ability and fear failure. I know there are others that feel this way too, whether as a boss, an employee, a spouse, parent, grandparent, caregiver, etc. We wonder if we are up to the task and often wish there was someone else who could take the burden from us. So how do we handle the duty, the job?
The truth is, we don’t have to handle it alone. God says He comes alongside us and helps to carry our burdens. We are not alone, and we don’t have to worry about our ability. He can handle it. That’s His job.
“Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7