In The Middle of the Mundane
Lysa TerKeust, author of "What Happens When Women Say Yes To God?", writes, "A holy God in the middle of life's mundane activities will change your life. But you might not always feel happy about the changes." (pg 15)
Last year, when we had Molly, life was anything but mundane. But I was so focused on 'the moment'. She was in the NICU, like her big brother had been. Yet another similarity in a long list of them. Everything seemed to tell us, she was JUST like Michael.
But she wasn't. Though her early life mirrored his in many ways, she was different. We didn't want the experience again, but there we were, at times scared...or rather, terrified.
God changed us in those days, we sought Him with each breath, and yet we stressed ourselves silly. What would it have been like, if we embraced the up's and downs?
These days, life is full of 'busy-work', the mundane. (see a theme?!) Dishes, laundry, vacuuming, mopping, cooking, cleaning, wiping noses and changing diapers. Everyday. Sometimes twice a day, sometimes more! All day long. So many times, I want to grumble about that dish I just cleaned, being dirty again. Or that load of laundry I swear I just washed, but is dirty again. But...I remember the early months of her entry into the world. I remember what we've lost.
And my heart cries out to God, "Father forgive me! Help me to see the good in this dish, help me to see the why of that load. Help me to know what a joy it is to serve my family, for You. I know my heart yearns for more, bigger, better, grander. But You tell me, smaller, simpler, personal and in the RIGHT NOW."
When He is in control, by my choosing, He can bring about the changes needed. When He is there, showing His plan, step by step...when I am there saying Yes, Lord, yes, Abba whatever it takes, I want to grab the RIGHT NOW, and learn to embrace the mundane. I never want to become so caught up in the, "...too tired, too insecure, too uncertain, too busy or too selfish..." (pg11) that I can't see the joy of loving my family through cooking, cleaning, raising and loving. All of which He has called me too, called me for, and made just for me!
What's your 'too'? What's your mundane? Can you hear your soul longing for Him to meet you, right now, when the rice is burning because you need to step between siblings? Can you hear His small voice, even when life does all it can to distract you? Can you hear His nudge, in the midst of your coming and goings?
Can you hear Him?