Wednesday, August 16, 2006
My mind is whirling with things to write and share with my 2 readers out there. We returned last night from a short trip as a family to Sioux Falls, SD. We rented a cabin and just did small little stints in to town. We visited a butterfly garden, went to an awesome park (playground equipment everywhere), built large fires and roasted s'mores, went to a water park, went to Falls park, swam at our cabin pool, played putt putt and just hung out. It was refreshing. We actually left the rat race behind and came home ready to face a new school year.
The honest truth is that I was dreading coming home to a crazy messy house and to the crazy wild life that I am living. However, God did an amazing work in me on Tuesday. As I was packing up things, I was praying that God would give me a servant heart and that I would have a joyful attitude in packing the family stuff up. (and he did) While we were at Falls Park, Ben and the kids hiked and played on the rocks around the falls. I once again prayed that I would have a servant heart and enjoy my time just sitting under a tree with Mason. I was feeling left out of the fun! As the day wore on I was constantly thinking of my servant attitude. The day went very smoothly, I believe because I didn't waste my time complaining or nagging at Ben to hurry up so I wouldn't have to be alone with Mason. I tell you that to tell you this....
When we got home I received the blessing of a lifetime. My friends had found a key and come into our house and cleaned it from top to bottom. I'm talking floors, toilets, clean sheets--the works. They had served me at what I think was the lowest servant level of all--cleaning up our messes. It was lesson of obedience for me. I had worked at serving the Lord by serving my family and he had already begun to reward me for my obedience. Why is it taking me so long to learn that obedience to Christ is freeing and very rewarding? Before we left on the trip I felt like I was drowning. The trip and coming home to a clean house has given me a renewed vigor for chasing after Christ. If I remain in him, I believe the waters of refreshment will never dry up. It always comes down to obedience for me!!!