Good morning! (Good snowy, icy, chaotic morning!)
I slept through most of my quiet time today.
I slept through all of it yesterday and Monday. The days that I really really needed that time with Jesus, early in the morning stillness. Before the chaos of 3 boys home from school, before a clingy 1 1/2 year old bidding for every moment of my time. And now I’m wondering, why did I go for that old lie that “I needed to sleep in just a little longer…” and “Why shouldn’t I just enjoy a late morning in bed? The kids don’t have school today.”
My oldest son wants to talk nanoseconds, time theories and Newton’s Law (huh?) while my clingy one whines at my feet so I’ll pick her up, and dishes scream dirty from the sink.
Jesus, meet me here in the chaos.
I try to write this morning, and two snow covered boys run in the house wanting me to watch them sled down the hill and make snow angels.
Jesus, I’m trying to meet with You! They keep taking me away!! I can’t even think!!!
A quiet voice tells me…
I’ll come with you.
Oh…well, okay then…
The Voice beckons…
Come, look at the snow!
Come and see your children…My children…enjoying My gift of white beauty!
See the world wrapped in sparkling ice and white snow!
Step out, into this world of white, and rejoice! Just as the earth is covered in white…so are you covered in white!
Just as the ice sparkles when the sunlight hits it, so do you sparkle when I shine My Light of Love on you!
Do you see it, beloved?
Just moments before I had “lost it” because I couldn’t get a quiet second to myself.
Jesus, I’m a frustrated mess today! I’m yelling at my kids because I can’t spend time with You! What is that? I’m trying to write about Your Love and failing at showing it!! WHAT?!!
He says….”You are My beautiful mess!! You are forgiven! Remember that song that’s stuck in your head?! “Let it go”!!! Let it go, and let’s go and enjoy this day together! I’ll give you quiet in your soul if you’ll just trust Me.”
Sometimes the quiet time happens when the world doesn’t seem so quiet. Sometimes it’s Peace whispering to your heart in the midst of swirling chaos.
Sometimes we have to “let it go”…and just let Him walk through the chaos with us.
Otherwise we’ll turn into a frustrated, angry mess. Jesus said “I will never leave you or forsake you.” He doesn’t just meet us in our “quiet time”. I LOVE my quiet time with Jesus, and it is SO VITAL. But sometimes…on days like today, we have to just know that He’s with us in every place. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? He can give our souls rest and quiet in the most unlikely places. His Spirit can bring to mind the words that He has engraved on our hearts…His Words.
That’s how we walk through this world. Hand in hand with Him who is with us.
The days that we are “doing good”…we wake up early, spend lots of time in prayer and in His Word…those days are like Basic Training for the battle-days like today. We can rest in the fact that His Presence is Peace and His Presence stays with us…Peace in the stillness and in the chaos.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Father, thank You for the blanket of white outside my window! Thank you for the blanket of white that You have covered me with. Thank You for the beauty of snow and ice that You created! Father, today, tomorrow, and every day after, I need Your help to be anxious for nothing. My heart is prone to anxiety and grumbling. Help me to choose to give You praise and thanksgiving instead of grumbling and snapping at my kids. Help me to choose to walk in Peace with You instead of letting anxiety lead my thoughts. Father, let Your Peace consume Me…let it overwhelm me…guard my heart and mind with Your perfect Peace in Christ Jesus. In His name, Amen.
Blessings and enjoy the snow! Be safe!
“Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you…”