Today, I am sick. The head in a fog, wrap up in a blankie, where’s my momma with some homemade soup kind of sick. Because of my current muddle-headed condition, I debated on writing. Then I remembered my Jesus and all the pain, suffering, humiliation & mockery He faced and yet He still shared the Good News.
Just as I made up my mind to post, my dog decided it was a good time to relieve herself inside. Naturally she didn’t just hit one spot but felt it was a good idea to walk through the dining room, living room & hallway (which is carpeted) as she made her way towards the front door. Nice, Kansas. It was about this time that Bella dumped her entire bowl of cereal in her lap and goes into freak out mode. Tallest daughter comes around the corner, I squeal at her to stop…too late, she steps in doggie puddle. Here is where I come to the realization that the devil has declared me public enemy number one. Seriously people, satan hates me.
I now have approximately 5 minutes to pack two lunches, one snack, sign “must return today” papers and tape two bad knees on runner child. The mad dash to the car commences as I slosh hot coffee all over myself. Really, at this point, color me surprised.
Driving to school #1, I say our prayer for the day. I asked God to bring us peace in the midst of our chaos. We thanked Him that even on our roughest day, He is with us, caring for us and giving us much needed guidance. We prayed for traveling mercies for the days events & healing for Momma’s yuck and the boy’s knees. And you know what happened? We experienced peace. In spite of the hectic, crazy house we just left behind, we had a moment of “aahhhh.”
This is why prayer is key. Regardless of what you are facing, how miserable you feel and how many messes you must clean before 8 am, prayer can bring an unexplainable tranquility. I believe that it’s through conversation with God that He draws near and comforts us in the stillness. Days like today it would have been easy not to pray with the kids on the way to school. I was tired, grumpy, feeling gross, covered in spilt coffee and still reeling about having to cleanup the “yellow river.” And yet the moment I said the name of Jesus, all was right with the world…even if just for a moment.
“May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.”
(Numbers 6:25-26 NLT)
May you all find rest in the Lord today. And if you, like me, hit a bump in the road that attempts to derail your entire day, whisper the name of Jesus and put the devil back in his place.