I left the restaurant feeling discouraged and "out of commission." In the past two years, my life has completely up-ended. I've gone from being happily single, to happily married, to happily caring for a family. Each addition to my life has been full of joy, frustration, acknowledgements of my shortcomings and all the things that come with significant relationships and changes. Each transition has also transformed my perspective and what I think of as my "reach."
As a single woman I had time, money and energy to share. Those things are still there, but as a wife and mom my first priority is to share those things with my husband and baby. What remains is what I have to give and some days it feels like so much less than what I would wish.
But here is the conclusion I've reached. It is okay. It is okay to mourn the loss of what I was once able to do. It is okay to be family-centered. It is okay to say "no" once in a while.
What I don't want is to fall into the trap that says that I'm not as good as I once was. It is so dangerous for me to look back at a different season and say one was better than the other. God has given me a wonderful life that I LOVE, how ungrateful of me to say, "Why thank you God, but are you sure this is as good as what I used to do? Are you sure I am as usable or as interesting, or as ... whatever?"
I trust that I am where I need to be. I am thankful and amazed. I am making time and space to listen to God's promptings and practicing discipline in prayer and study. I'm learning to trust that He is good and faithful.
And seriously, how could anyone regret trading singlehood for this...