Holy Ground

Sometimes I feel like I rarely do meaningful things for the kingdom of God.  I have all these dreams of writing books and Bible studies but then I wonder if I need seminary or more advanced training first.  None of those things are realities right now so I just set them aside in a “later..maybe” category.  But still in the daily grind of my life, I wonder if I should be doing something bigger.

This past weekend, my hubby and I got away just the 2 of us.  It was awesome and just what we needed, both for our tired bodies and our weary souls.  Getting away for just a little over 48 hours brought clarity and direction in many areas of life, one being my mothering.  God kindly reaffirmed to me the “bigness” of my job, because of the precious little souls entrusted to my care.  Yes, making 3 meals a day, potty training, laundry, cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning can feel so very small, but my heart in doing them changes everything.  God has promised me His constant Presence, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 and Deut. 31:6)  That means that He is with me in the cooking, cleaning, laundry, potty training, and most importantly in the nurturing of little souls.  That means that our home is holy ground.  It is the exact place where I learn Him, where I grow in devotion to Him, where He trains me for His service, and where I see His faithfulness and grace.

This excerpt from one of my favorite devotionals,  Streams in the Desert (p. 398),  says it beautifully… ” Exodus 3:1-2, ‘Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within the bush.’  The vision of the angel of the Lord came to Moses while he was involved in his everyday work.  That is exactly where the Lord delights in giving His revelations.

Beloved Father, help me to expect You as I travel the ordinary road of life.  I am not asking for sensational experiences.  Fellowship with me through my everyday work and service, and be my companion when I take an ordinary journey.  And let my humble life be transformed by Your Presence.”

The Finished Unfinished

We are major DIY-ers around here.  Since moving into our house 4 1/2 years ago, we have renovated almost every surface in every room.  Some things have been done more than once now.  It seems we always have a project going, which also means that we always have things that are unfinished.  We’ve got some freshly built cabinets without doors, some places that need paint, some floors without trim and on and on.  The funny thing is that since  I know the intention of  these projects, I’ve begun to see them as already finished.  I know the cabinets will eventually have doors so I’ve ceased to see them as doorless.  We recently hosted a small event at our house  and afterwards, I realized that I did not even explain our wall of doorless cabinets to anyone.  I’m sure they were wondering what was going on there, but I didn’t even think about it because of the way I’ve begun to see the unfinished as finished.

I am such an unfinished project.   This past week has highlighted that fact in great detail.  It seems like everything that could go wrong has, plus some.  For a girl who rarely cries, I’ve cried twice (which I think is a personal record).  I can’t even list all the out-of-the-ordinary situations and interactions I’ve had, although it would make for some great reality TV.  On top of all the craziness, I’m just really exhausted.  I’ve responded poorly to many situations.  I haven’t even responded to others because I’m just too tired.  I’m so raw and unfinished, much like many of the projects in our house.

It’s funny how God has used these projects to encourage me this week.  Just as I realized that I see all the unfinished things as finished, God lovingly showed me that He sees me the same way. To myself and to the passerby, I look just as incomplete as my doorless cabinets.  To God, I am as complete and finished as I’ll ever be.  He sees His intentions for me and since He is the faithful Completer, He sees me now as He always intended.

These verses perfectly depict the “finished unfinished”. Hebrews 10:12,14…”But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God…For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” The innocent Jesus paid for my guilty sins one complete time, for all time.  Afterwards, He sat down in heaven, showing that His work is done.  In that single offering, He perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.  What is sanctified? – the process of being made holy, like Christ.  So… on earth, I’m still very much “in process” but my eternal, for all time status in Jesus is “perfected”.

Thank you Lord, for seeing me as perfected because of Jesus’s one, complete offering on my behalf.  Thank you also for working with me on earth.  You are the God of the “finished unfinished”. Hallelujah!  Let me lovingly see your people in the same gracious way.  Amen