To sum it up, it basically amounts to an encouraging email, a phone call of hope, and a potential opportunity. Okay, I'll admit that's rather vague...but, trust me, I'm sparing you semantics. The important thing here, is that I woke up to a groggy disaster, and God continually got in my face with a blessing until I was ready to rejoice in the day that He had made.
Two nights ago, I spent a very crowded and sleepless night in bed with both my girls. Last night, as one of them was reeling from the stomach flu, I took the other to bed with me again, only to be jabbed in the ribs throughout the night (again). This morning, my three-year-old still had a fever and so we all tried to make the best of it by hunkering down in front of a Disney movie marathon...which really got old by the second round of watching Toy Story. The girls were cranky, antsy, and I was busy either washing dishes or pillow cases. You get the picture...not exactly a dream day at home.
But, nearing the end of the day, while I was scrubbing the last sippy cup and putting away the bleach and folding up towels and cracking my knuckles for the millionth time...I got to thinking about those three very intentional moments of the day that God had put in my face to remind me of His presence. I felt blessed! I didn't feel the stress of what even a usual day brings me, let alone one where I'm shut up inside the house allllll day and unable to get a breath of fresh air...and yet, here I was, feeling rather refreshed!
It was just what my heart needed - that feeling of fullness that God is in control and I'm not. That, He knows what I need before I even know I want it. That, He is working behind the scenes and in my favor for efforts I'm not yet even aware of. And, it occurred to me, plain as day, that there are three simple lessons for my life that brought me this awareness. Three sort of "commandments" that, when I keep my sights set on how Jesus would connect with others and strive for what is Holy (and attain, in His case) that I can feel this inner sense of assurance to trust and obey more and more.
Those might sound like some major concepts, but it breaks down into these three, very simple understandings:
- Build Bridges
- Burn Idols
- Don't get the first two mixed up.
Go ahead, read it again. Let it resonate for a moment. I've had to let it marinate in my soul all day and I'm still soaking this new revelation in.
Make and keep connections that are valuable to your life - and don't burn bridges. Keep Christ first, above all other measurements of love or successes - don't build up false goals to replace The Utmost.
I needed this today. In the middle of crazy, disgusting chaos at one end of the spectrum and then, grace, faith, hope, and love all being shoved into my face at the other end of the spectrum, I was forced to sit in the middle and be reminded to lift my head to Jesus, cast my burdens on Him, and stay focused on the truth that He is good.
Maybe it is true that good things come in threes. But, I'm not going to limit God to any number. I'm just going to keep trying to build bridges, burn idols, and count my blessings as I set my sights on His faithfulness.