Summer is wonderful for so many reasons! Warmer weather, free-er schedule (or no schedule), growing plants (which around here includes grass), evening family walks, days at the park with friends, watermelon (!), dirty floors and sinks from little people playing outside…simply beautiful to me! Nevertheless, after three weeks of such freedom I have found we need to come back, together, to some old habits and rhythms so we can keep the peace in the spontaneity. So…
Sometimes I just need to wash the dishes by hand instead of stacking them in the dishwasher. Some days, instead of tracking in the dirt some more, I need to sweep. On rare occasions, I need to find the joy in taking time to dust, sweep, and vacuum. There is this sense of connection I have with Jesus when I choose to clean things instead of ignoring the mess. I used to be more type A; I’d say I’ve moved to type A- to B on most days now. (smile) I can usually go with the flow of toys pouring out, juice poured into another cup, more food on plates, marker colors on skin…but sometimes…some days…the pouring needs to come from my hands extending to the the left-overs of fun.
After the fun is fully had and I stand and observe the remnants of laughing children, a few “it’s my turn!(s)”, and more crumbs on the recently swept floor, I…well…I breathe and pray:)! Then, I take the first step or handful and get to re-creating peace. It’s not a peace of seeking worth from organization or control. No, it’s that peace Christ says He gives…and that this world does not.
New Living Translation (NLT)
26But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
27“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.28Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again…