“For admiration of what you are building when no one sees.”
A friend recently forwarded around a segment of a talk by a women who gave a powerful speech entitled, “The Invisible Woman.” The speaker gives examples of how she often feels she has become all but invisible to many, going about her day with out any notice for what she accomplishes.
But then a book given to her by a friend about the great cathedrals of Europe caught her attention and the inscription inside, “For admiration of what you are building when no one sees.” The book gave accounts of who built the cathedrals, how long it took (often at least 100 years) and what those involved were building for. Most of those involved in the process would NEVER live to see the finished results of their labor so what was the point of it all? One man was even asked why he bothered carving an intricate bird inside a hidden corner of a cathedral wall when no one was ever going to see it. He reportedly replied, “Because God sees it.”
“Because God sees it.” So simple yet so profound. As mothers, we may do so much for our children that goes unnoticed…we may feel we are building, building, building but where are the accolades? Where are the trophies? Where are the pay raises? But God sees. He knows what our work will accomplish if we do it to His glory.
Like most involved in building the great cathedrals, we will never see the ultimate results of our labors. Those eternal things that can never be weighed or measured on this earth. Like them, our names may even become forgotten in generations to come. Like Moses never saw the promised land. Like Abraham never lived to see his multitudes of children. Because God sees. Because God sees. Because God sees. If that promise can be enough for a poor surf, likely starving and working for little to no pay on a beautiful bird that is his gift to God, then I think we as moms can all find much hope in this reality. That in every thing great or small we invest in our families, we do not ultimately do it for them but for God.
WE are building great cathedrals!