I'm having a day much like many of you. Whether you are at home with children or at work, you might be having your own version of what feels like mundane today. For me it's the story of the stay-at-home mom, which, by the way, is the only place I ought to be right now and it is my great honor to do so. But, somedays still feel mundane, and today is one of them.
One of my children was puking at 2AM and 5AM, so I was scrubbing vomit out of his carpet and bedding in the middle of the night, and now I am waiting for the next child to start throwing up.
I'm not complaining about this...it's actually such a sweet thing to crawl into bed with a sick child and be his comfort. So sweet. I'm just explaining why I'm a tad tired today.
The laundry is backed up even more than usual because I have bedding to wash now, and I think my baby might have body aches too because he keeps crying.
I paid bills and balanced the checkbook, which almost always is a sobering task. Today, true story again.
And it feels mundane.
But I know it's not actually mundane, it just feels that way. The definition of mundane is "lacking of excitement, dull." No minutes in this house are actually dull.
In reality, today is a new day to love my kids with the love of Jesus.
Today, since I stay home everyday, I didn't have to worry about taking time off of work or rearranging anyone's schedule to stay home with a sick child, and that is a great treasure.
Today, although the checkbook is sobering, the bills are all paid, the pantry and freezer are stocked full, and I get to be home with my kids.
Today, Greg and I made our coolest train track yet. Even mama's can be great train track engineers.
And all day long, ever since 5AM when I was scrubbing vomit out of the carpet, the voice of God in my heart has been telling me over and over "Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33).
That's all I can hear today. It's a good word to hear, so no complaints on that.
To be honest, I have never really understood that verse. I love the song, and love the whole passage, but that verse has always been a mystery to me. Which is why I have to blog about it...because I'm an extrovert and I have to think about these things "out loud" to try to sort it all out.
Prior to the verse Jesus says, "Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you..."
And, I don't get it. I believe it. I trust God and I take him at his word. But I don't claim to understand it. I guess probably because we live in a broken world, and I know there are so many who really do seek God and his Kingdom, and yet the daily needs still go unmet.
So I don't get it.
But I trust Jesus and he is calling me to submit to him and trust him and seek him in the midst of what feels mundane.
Today, as I was scrubbing vomit out of carpet, he told me to seek his kingdom in the midst of my home. Will his kingdom come to our home today? God certainly wants it to. But it's up to me.
Will his love reign supreme in the walls of this house today? If I choose love over selfishness, then yes.
Will his peace permeate through our family today? If I choose peace, then yes.
Will his truth stand above every lie of the world today? If i choose truth, then yes.
Will obedience to Jesus rise above my whims and personal wishes today? If I choose obedience, then yes.
Will patience for my children's endless stories have victory over my selfish desire for peace and quiet? If I choose God's spirit of patience, then yes.
Will joy for this honor of mothering my children exceed any worldly wishes to be going there or doing that? If I choose joy, then yes.
Will contentedness and thankfulness fill my heart to overflowing rather than coveting others' bank accounts? If I choose to see with thankful eyes, then yes.
A thousand times, yes.
Jesus doesn't ask me today to understand every word he said. He simply asks me to trust him. Take him at his word.
And his word for me today, since 5AM scrubbing vomit, has been so clear: Seek FIRST his kingdom and his righteousness. Not second to my coffee or my facebook or my laundry. First. His kingdom, first.
Let the kingdom of God reign in the walls of this house. His truth, His love, His peace. Seek his righteousness. Not my selfish desires. Not my need for quiet. Not my desire to hang with my girlfriends or go to the spa. Those are all sweet blessings and great gifts.
But they aren't what God is calling me to today. He is calling me to let His kingdom reign in this house, in these walls, with these children. To serve them as Jesus serves. To let his love overflow to my children who may or may not keep me awake with more vomiting tonight. Let his love overflow out of my heart.
That's his kingdom.
How amazing that what seems so mundane to us, like washing the throw-up out of a three-year-old's blankie so he can have it back for naptime - can actually be done for God's glory. What a great treasure that he allows us to seek his kingdom right where we're at.
His glory in my mundane.
It makes it not so mundane anymore...