New England Patriots Tight End, and father of seven, Benjamin (“Ben”) Watson encouraged mothers who may be “in the valley,” writing a brief message and including an article on trusting in God in a post on his Facebook page on Sunday.
“I’m not a mom,” began Ben Watson in his message of encouragement. “But my mother gave birth to six of us[,] and my wife Kirsten Vaughn Watson has given me seven. As a son and now a husband and father[,] I’ve seen them empty their physical[,] emotional[,] mental and spiritual reservoirs to care for their children day after day and night after sleepless night. I’ve done these endless shifts as well at times[,] but I know their burden …and their joy runs a bit deeper. So many of you, have done the same for your children. I ran across this article and thought it may encourage someone who is in the valley.”
The article referenced in Watson’s brief message was written by Sara Wallace in The Gospel Coalition and is titled “Trusting God in the Sleepless Nights of Motherhood” and, according to the Editors’ note attached to the piece, “is an adapted excerpt from ‘Created to Care: God’s Truth for Anxious Moms’ (P&R, 2019).”
The piece describes the sleepless nights and struggles of being a parent, but concludes by reminding the reader of “our limitless God.”
“When everything is going well, it’s easy for us to say we trust God. We don’t even realize that we have placed conditions on him until those conditions are tested. My sleepless nights revealed that I was really thinking, God can help me through the day (as long as I get a good night’s sleep). And by taking away sleep he was graciously taking away those conditions. He was showing me that he is enough.
“Do we trust God to equip us for the tasks that he calls us to? When he called me to be a mom and gave me my marching orders, I didn’t need to hand him a list of his marching orders, too. ‘You must give me sleep, physical strength, energy, clarity of mind, and emotional stability. Then I can do this.’ Instead I should have said, ‘All I need is you.’
“When God gave Mary the task of bearing his Son, she didn’t ask for a supply list. She said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word’ (Luke 1:38). The God who knows the number of the hairs on our heads and knows the number of the stars and calls them each by name (see Ps. 147:4; Matt. 10:30)—that same God has planned exactly how much sleep we will get each night, down to the last second. And each moment will put his mercy on display.”