This morning after I sent the kids off to school, I took a look around the house and grumbled. Every room was a disaster. How the heck did that happen and WHY didn’t anyone else notice or care about it?
I was feeling quite put out at the mess and ALLLLLLLL the WORK I was going to have to do. I was starting to get huffy about the whole situation.
But then I felt that little tug. That quiet voice. The one who speaks truth into my bad attitude without making me feel judged. The Holy Spirit was gently convicting me. (Go figure that the sermon at church Sunday was about the Holy Spirit and I had prayed that his presence would increase.)
You see, I had temporarily forgotten WHY there was such a mess. I was reminded of how exhausted we all were after the first week back to normal after a busy holiday season, and so we took it easy for 2 whole days. We actually DID do some work, like getting caught up on laundry and we put away the Christmas tree. That is no small chore. We also watched football, and enjoyed hanging out together and taking naps. It was wonderful!
We basically took the weekend off to rest, and that’s what we needed. And the mess was suddenly no big deal.
As my perspective was being changed, I was reminded that THIS work – the dishes, the clutter, the floors that needed swept – THIS is the reason we decided I would be a stay at home mom so many years ago.
I found myself feeling thankful that I was able to stay home and take care of this neverending stuff that happens when you have a family. Hey, I have teenagers. They are always eating, so I do alot of cooking, and there are ALOT of dishes to do. Yes, they pitch in and help when asked but last weekend we just let some things slide. It happens.
*I need to be clear here that my husband is an awesome helper at home! I rarely have to ask him to do anything. We are a team.
I quickly repented (repent = to turn around, change course) and told the stinkin thinkin to take a hike. I knew that I could knock out those dishes in 15 minutes, and the clutter wouldn’t take much longer to clean up. I have a very good life and a little mess was not something to complain about!
I had the house back in presentable, yet well-lived-in condition in under an hour and my thoughts back on track.
The enemy is so sneaky. The way he highlights little things to make us irritable is one of his trademarks. It is so easy to fall into that trap, and I have done that many times. But thank God we have a helper, the Holy Spirit who will help us be alert. We only have to ask for the help and pay attention when it comes.
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.